JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine study for 12-17 year olds began in Jacksonville.
Novavax is seeking a total of 3,000 participants for its protein-based vaccine in 75 different locations across the country.
Geraldine and David Tait went through the adult process and their two children, Juliette and Alexis, started the teen process. The next step is to get the kids on board. You are a factor. You bring it home to the grandparents, ”said Geraldine.
The vaccine contains two different doses, separated by 21 days.
The shot is different from the mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna.
Novavax does not need to be refrigerated in extreme cold.
Doctors said the vaccine is more traditional and could be the solution for people on the fence to get a COVID-19 shot.
“I was more concerned about the virus and the effects of it than about the vaccine,” said David.
A third of the participants will be given a saline solution, but the Encore Research Group said at the end of the study that everyone will be given the vaccine.
In Duval County, nearly 5% of the vaccinated population is 16 to 24 years old, according to the Department of Health. Public health officials said teenagers could be the key to gaining herd immunity.
It could also make significant changes to summer programs and back to school for the 2021-22 school year. Duval County Public Schools released a poll for students and parents on Thursday to answer questions about masks, cleaning, and social distancing for the next school year.
You can take the survey here: https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/30155.