COVID-19 vaccine trial at UMass Medical in Worcester looking for teens to test vaccine efficacy

COVID-19 vaccine trial at UMass Medical in Worcester looking for teens to test vaccine efficacy

WORCESTER — Parents tell Boston 25 News they are on board with a new COVID-19 vaccine trial out of UMass Medical in Worcester.

“Once the research says it’s OK,” said Sarah Henderson, a Boston parent.

This trial is looking for teenage volunteers to test the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine.

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“I think I would like to see the research first and see the indications and contraindications for young elementary school age children,” said Henderson.

Researchers at UMass Medical say that’s the reason for the trial, as does Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“They are now currently enrolling 12- to 17-year-olds. What they’re asking: ‘Is it safe in the children,’” said Fauci.

UMass Medical is one of 15 trial sites across the country. Researchers hope to enroll 3,000 participants altogether.

Parents say that once the science proves it’s safe, they’re all in.

“They get the flu shot. They get all the other vaccinations, so yeah we would do it,” said Damon Kelton of West Roxbury.

His wife concurs. “I agree. Herd immunity, we’ve got to start moving things forward,” said Jillian Kelton.

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