Children As Young As 6 Being Given Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine

CBS4's Ian Lee reports on the trials underway in Great Britain.

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- In tonight's health watch, a story we are sure parents will take interest in. Children as young as six years old are being given the Oxford AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine.

- That's right, it's part of a new trial underway in Great Britain. CBS 4's Ian Lee is in London with why researchers there are using kids to help fight the virus.

- At the site of the injection.

IAN LEE: For 16-year-old Tilda, volunteering to get a COVID vaccine was a no-brainer.

- It's quite cool, really. You know, I might be one of the only people I know around my age group that's-- that's got it.

IAN LEE: She might be one of 300 kids between 6 and 17 to get the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Others in the blind trial will get a meningitis shot. Researchers hope to discover if the vaccine produces a strong immune response in children.

- It felt good to be helping the research, and get it rolled out into children to protect us.

IAN LEE: While in many cases, children tend not to get seriously ill from COVID, researchers believe vaccinating young people could slow the virus's spread.

HANNAH ROBERTS: A lot of children are the ones being asymptomatic. So-- and with the asymptomatic, there's risk of the infection spreading because people don't know that they're currently infected and carrying the virus.

IAN LEE: Many wonder, though, are COVID vaccines safe for kids.

DAVID ANGUS: I think uniformly, we all think that the vaccines, the leading vaccine candidates are safe in the elderly, are safe in adults, and are safe in children.

IAN LEE: Showing it takes all of us, young and old, to defeat this disease. Ian Lee, CBS News London.

- Well US health experts are investigating a rare, but serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in kids. It's called Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in children. It's not known yet what causes it, and who is at risk of developing it.