Orlando pediatric office part of Moderna vaccine trial

ORLANDO, Fla. – A children’s ward in Orlando has been chosen as the only Florida location to participate in Moderna’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination trial for teens.

What you need to know

Nona Pediatric Center participates in national COVID vaccine research

About 95 teens 12 to 17 years old in the area are being studied

Dr. Salma Elfaki is the lead investigator

The center is the only affected site in Florida

Dr. Salma Elfaki is the lead investigator of the study taking place at the Nona Pediatric Center. Her research involved approximately 95 teens between the ages of 12 and 17. About 3,000 children in that age bracket are participating in Moderna’s survey across the country.

“It’s a nice extra to say that I was part of it,” said Elfaki. “I keep trying to help my community, help my patients.”

Alex and Bobby Barron are among the teens participating in the trial. “I don’t really have a problem with shots, and if I can get something that can help with COVID, of course I’ll get it,” said Alex.

Two-thirds of the young people in the trial received the vaccine and the rest received a placebo. Additional vaccine doses are stored for teens who received the placebo after the study, Elfaki said.

Pfizer recently released the results of its ongoing study in teens, reporting 100 percent efficacy in young people 12 to 15 years old.

Elfaki expects the Moderna youth trial to have similar results because the vaccine uses the same mRNA technology.

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