UW Health Suspends Registration For Moderna Study Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Children; says it's full

MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Just three days after parents enrolled their children in an upcoming Moderna vaccine study for children under 12, the University of Wisconsin health care system has run out of space for new participants.

In a brief update on Monday, a hospital spokesman said UW Health had met its recruitment goals. She added that the parents of the selected children will be contacted directly by the health system.

“Advances in science, public health and clinical care often cannot come without a supportive and committed citizenry, and UW Health appreciates the continued efforts of this community to end this pandemic,” continued Emily Kumlien of UW Health.

On Friday, UW Health began accepting applicants for the study, telling NBC15 News that that day the phones rang from parents who wanted to enroll their children. Moderna had problems with its website early in the day, forcing parents to call or wait until the afternoon to sign up.

The health system had warned that the number of children allowed to participate in the study, which is being conducted at American Family Children’s Hospital, will be “very limited” and based solely on age and medical approval guidelines set by Moderna. Participants are divided into three categories:

  • 6 months to under 2 years old
  • 2 years to under 6 years old
  • 6 years to under 12 years old

Moderna expects to enroll 4,000 children for each age group at 75 to 100 test sites in the US and Canada.

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