Vaccine Provider Special Edition: CDC Recommends Moderna for Children 6 - 17

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CDC Recommends Moderna for Children 6 Through 17 Years

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Minnesota Department of Health

June 29, 2022

The CDC’s Advisory Committee recommended vaccination with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 through 17 years old on Thursday, June 23 following the previous FDA authorization on June 17.
  • Children 6 through 11 years old will get a 50-mcg dose, given as a 2-dose series, 4-8 weeks apart. Vaccine for this age group is in a vial with a blue top and purple border. These vials are labeled for adult booster dose only but will also be used for the 50 mcg (0.5 mL) dose for 6 through 11-year-olds. These doses will come with pediatric ancillary kits. Refer to Moderna’s letter to Providers FDA: Moderna DHCP Letter 6 to 11 Dosing.
  • Children 12 through 17 years old will get a 100-mcg dose, given as a 2-dose series, 4-8 weeks apart. This is the same dose as adults and will use the same red cap vial with the light blue border.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Presentations

The Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets have been updated for both age groups. Everyone administering vaccine should read the appropriate EUA Fact Sheet and is responsible for the information they contain:

Orders for the 6 through 11-year-old vaccine (vial with the dark blue cap and purple border) can be placed in MIIC starting on Wednesday, June 29. Moderna is offering weekly trainings on their vaccines. Go to Updates to Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to register.

As additional vaccines are available for more age groups, it is important to follow the COVID-19 vaccine schedules closely. The CDC has created the following tools regarding the recommended schedules: CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Interim COVID-19 Immunization Schedule for 6 Months of Age and Older and CDC: At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules

MDH has updated the Interim COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Guide, Template: COVID-19 Screening and Agreement and created the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Protocol for 6 months through 11 years and updated the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Protocol for 12 years and older. Find these resources at COVID-19 Vaccine Providers.


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