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What is a clinical research study?

Clinical research studies include scientifically evaluated plans, or protocols, that outline how to test if a potential new medication or vaccine is safe and/or effective in people. All investigational medications and vaccines must be tested in clinical research studies before they can be submitted for approval by regulatory authorities. A clinical research study is conducted by doctors and researchers who follow strict guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the study volunteers who participate. Although side effects can occur in any clinical trial, the study is designed to minimize the risk and you will be monitored closely.

What are the phases of clinical research and what is a phase 2/3 trial?

Clinical trials are conducted in phases. The trials at each phase have a different purpose and help scientists answer different questions:

  • In Phase 1 trials, researchers test a new vaccine, drug or treatment in a small group of people for the first time to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
  • In Phase 2 trials, the study vaccine, drug or treatment is given to a larger group of people to see if it is effective and to further evaluate its safety.
  • In Phase 3 trials, the study vaccine, drug or treatment is given to large groups of people to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
  • In Phase 4 trials, post marketing studies delineate additional information including the drug’s risks, benefits, and optimal use.

This study is a phase 2/3 trial. Phase 2/3 trials may provide more information about the safety and side effects of the new vaccine. Combining phases 2 and 3 may allow research questions to be answered more quickly or with fewer study volunteers. Learn More > 

Why is diversity important in clinical trials?

Clinical research studies and study volunteers are vital to creating a vaccine that will protect people of all ages and from all backgrounds against this devastating disease. Given that certain populations and ages can respond differently to medical therapies, it is extremely important that this clinical research study include children of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective for everyone to use.

Will compensation for time be available as part of this clinical trial?

Yes, compensation for your family’s time will be available. We realize it takes time to come for study visits, so we want to make sure this is not too much of a burden for you and your child. The study site will review these details with you.

Does the mRNA-1273 study vaccine contain a live virus?

Normally vaccines for viruses are made from a weakened or inactive (not live) virus, but the mRNA-1273 study vaccine is different. It is made from an instructional molecule called mRNA that tells your cells how to make protein. In this case, the protein is a small part of the virus that is thought to help the body’s immune system protect itself if you ever come in contact with the coronavirus.

Can my child get COVID-19 from the study vaccine being researched?

Your child cannot get infected with SARS-CoV-2 or get COVID-19 illness from the mRNA-1273 study vaccine.

How will my child Feel after the Vaccinations?

All vaccines have some side effects, and your child may experience side effects in this study. This is the first time that the investigational vaccine will be tested in children less than 12 years of age. In other studies of people receiving vaccines similar to mRNA-1273, the most common side effects were fever, headache, muscle aches or pain, joint aches or pain, tiredness, nausea/vomiting, and chills.

After each injection, your child may have pain or redness and hardness of the skin at the injection site. If the injection was given in the arm, underarm gland swelling may also occur on the arm where the study vaccination was given.

Most side effects go away within a few days after the injection, and your child should still be able to go about their daily activities. Not everyone has side effects, and these side effects may not be experienced after every dose.

What is a placebo?

In order to understand if the study vaccine works, medical researchers are comparing the mRNA-1273 study vaccine to a saltwater placebo. A placebo looks like the study vaccine being tested but does not contain the study vaccine.

What happens if my child is diagnosed with COVID-19 while in this trial?

Each study volunteer will be closely monitored by the study doctor and medical staff for symptoms of COVID-19 while in the KidCOVE Study. If a study volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19 during the trial, the study team will notify the child’s primary care physician and the study team will continue to monitor the child’s well-being closely.

How can I check to see if my child is eligible for this trial?

You can check if your child is potentially eligible for this trial by completing a set of screening questions.

Can my child quit the trial at any time?

Study volunteers have the right to drop out of the study at any time for any reason, or no reason at all. The study doctor or sponsor also has the right to discontinue a study volunteer at any time for the volunteer’s safety, or if the study volunteer no longer meets the study requirements.

How do I sign up for the KidCove Study?

The first step in demonstrating your interest in participating is to complete the survey. It is important to note that there are limited spots available for this study. You will be contacted should you/your child be selected to participate in the study.

We understand that any decision regarding your child’s health is important. By taking part in this study, your child could make a difference for your family, your community, and people everywhere. More information can be obtained here:

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For more information or enrollment questions, please contact the Henry Ford Health System Moderna KidCOVE Vaccination Study Team.
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