Covid Vaccine for Kids Gets Green Light

Novavax is available under emergency use authorization for those as young as 12

(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes the COVID-19 vaccine, Novavax, for emergency use for a certain population.

Now, Novavax is available to children as young as 12 years old. 

Earlier in the summer, the FDA authorized Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted for those 18 years of age and older. This vaccine was not authorized for kids under the age of 18 — until now. 

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is now available under emergency use authorization (EUA) to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 years of age and older.

On August 22nd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recommendation. The CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., signed a decision memo for Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine to be used as another primary series option for adolescents ages 12 through 17.

This vaccine is given as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart. This vaccine works differently than that of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted is not a (mRNA) vaccine. Instead this vaccine packages harmless proteins of the COVID-19 virus plus Matrix-M adjuvant which helps the immune system respond to the virus in the future.

The CDC notes this type of vaccine, which uses proteins, have been used in the US for more than 30 years.

The most common side effects of this vaccine seen in adults included injection site reactions (pain/tenderness, redness and swelling), feeling tired, muscle/joint pain, headache, nausea/vomiting and fever.

The FDA and the CDC have processes in place to continually monitor this vaccine's safety. 

Furthermore, Novavax Inc. is to continue their clinical trials to gather more safety and effectiveness data. 

If you have questions about any of the available COVID-19 vaccines, reach out to your doctor or community pharmacist.