KidCOVE Study

A new clinical trial to determine what dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine works best for young children is now enrolling kids 6 months to 12 years old at Pininos Pediatric Services.

Moderna is calling this Phase 2/3 study the “KidCOVE” study of mRNA-1273, the company’s vaccine candidate against COVID-19.

All the children ages 6 months to 12 years who take part in the initial portion of the phase 2/3 trial will get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr.Sainz.

Just as the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is given to adults, the trial in young children also will involve two injections spaced four weeks apart. The kids will then be monitored with phone calls, telemedicine visits and in-person visits for about 14 months.

Children whose parents sign them up for the study will get one of three different dose levels of the vaccine.

To participate, a child must meet the following criteria:

Be between the ages of 6 months and less than 12 years and in good health

Cannot have a positive COVID-19 test within two weeks prior to receiving the first vaccination

Be free from exposure to someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection or COVID-19 within two weeks prior to receiving the first vaccination

Have not received an investigational vaccine or treatment for COVID-19

Be willing and able to comply with all study requirements

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us to 915-529-0043 and a clinical coordinator will assist you. 

The trial is voluntary, and children can drop out at any time. 

Dr. Jorge Sainz and his team is the only clinic in this South Texas city participating in this North American-based study. 

Covid -19 Office Guidelines

1.)  Mask are REQUIRED for adults and children 2 years and above when in office/ exam room

2) We ask that only one parent and children that will be seen in office attend visit when possible.

3.) We are not allowing anyone to wait for patients and parents in our lobby area. We ask that additional family members wait in their vehicles

4.) We have Telemedicine consultations available for those patients that believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 or have tested positive for Covid-19. Please call our office for further guidance and assistance.

5.) We continue to sanitize and keep our office and exam rooms clean to prevent the spread of any illness, as well as using our protective equipment (mask and gloves) to keep our patients safe.
Thank you for your cooperation with implementing these measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families, and staff.


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Tips For Parents 

Help Children Understand Coronavirus- Tips from the President of the American Academy of PediatricsWhen illnesses like the new #coronavirus start to spread through a community, it can be overwhelming for parents and frightening to kids. Pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Sally Goza has reassuring tips on how to ease your children’s fears.

Here is another helpful link from the CDC on Talking to your kids about the Coronavirus.