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.