Experts say getting kids to get the COVID-19 vaccines is the key to getting on the other side of this pandemic. We talk to one Fountain Hills family whose son is enrolled in a clinical trial.

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- There are many reasons some Arizonans are on the fence about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, so a second grader is sharing his experience about getting the shot. Matthew Anderson is only 8-years-old. This week he received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine.

"It didn't really hurt that much," says Matthew. "Since this coronavirus is here, I don't get to see my friends."

"He still had the injection site pain," says Matthew's mom, Claire. "And he ended up getting a very, very mild headache."

Matthew's big brother is immunocompromised, making the COVID-19 protection even more vital for the Anderson family, says Claire. Still she had her concerns about enrolling Matthew in the Moderna KidCove study.

"Oh absolutely, but I read all the materials."

Matthew Anderson

Eight-year-old Matthew Anderson received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine this week.

The study looks at how the COVID-19 vaccine works for kids ages six and up. Principal investigator, Dr. Steve Plimpton, says so far the pediatric participants are not having any issues other than the occasional sore shoulder. The study, Plimpton says, is moving slowly as Moderna takes breaks to carefully track and evaluate every child's experience before moving forward.

The Andersons are looking ahead to a future family vacations when it's safe.

"The things that we just did before all this, and now, I feel like we took it for granted," says Claire.

Matthew struggles to remember life before the pandemic, but he understands the impact of the vaccine. He's encouraging others to get the COVID-19 protection.

"It will help me be safe from the coronavirus," says Matthew. "When I got it, I was so afraid that I didn't want to do it. But then I finally did it."


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