MSDH confirms 14th pediatric COVID death

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming its 14th pediatric COVID death and the first of this year.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says the latest death, a child under a year old, serves as a reminder of the importance of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and up to date on boosters, to protect vulnerable individuals who may not be eligible for the vaccine.

There were four pediatric deaths in 2022, seven deaths in 2021, and two in 2020.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Health officials say vaccinations and boosters are important for adults 65 and older, children and adults who have weakened immune systems, and anyone with underlying health problems.

Anyone six months of age and older should remain up to date on COVID vaccinations including the bivalent booster if eligible.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost from county health departments and also are available at most pharmacies as well as through private providers.

Appointments can be made through msdh.ms.gov or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 877-978-6453.

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