Aria Bendix Mar 19, 2021, 1:05 PM –

Two 13-year-old brothers are participating in Moderna's vaccine trial for kids

Gavin Preston (left) and Emmett Preston (right). Katie Preston

  • Emmett and Gavin Preston, 13-year-old brothers, are participants in Moderna’s vaccine trial.
  • Moderna is studying the effects of its coronavirus shot among 3,000 kids from 12 to 17.
  • The brothers said they didn’t want to spread the virus to their mom, who has an autoimmune condition.

At 13 years old, Emmett and Gavin Preston aren’t yet eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved the shots for kids under 16 due to a lack of data.

But the Preston brothers are participants in Moderna’s clinical trial: The company is currently studying the effects of the shot among 3,000 kids ages 12 to 17. A separate trial is testing it in 6,750 children under 12, including babies as young as six months.