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15-Year-Old Dies of COVID the Day She Was Supposed to Be Vaccinated

Fifteen-year-old Jorja Halliday from Portsmouth, England died on Tuesday after suffering from a severe case of COVID-19. Before falling ill, the teen had been scheduled to receive her vaccine on the very same day as her death.

Severe COVID-19 cases are generally less frequent in children and adolescents than in adults, but that doesn’t mean that young people are immune from the virus’ potentially devastating complications: earlier this year, a CDC study revealed that teens were three times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to the flu.

According to the Guardian, Halliday died at Queen Alexandra hospital only four days after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result. The teenager, who did not have any underlying health conditions, reportedly took the PCR test after coming down with flu-like symptoms.

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