Parents in Louth, Lincolnshire are being told to get their children vaccinated after a young girl died of COVID-19
Parents in Louth are being told to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 after a 15-year-old girl tragically died of the virus.
Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth became very ill just before she was due to have her COVID-19 vaccine. On the Sunday, she struggled to eat and on the Monday her condition become worse after reporting her throat was hurting.
Sadly, she tested positive for COVID-19 and died on the Tuesday. Now, her parents are warning other parents in Louth and around the UK to get their children vaccinated before it is too late.
Her mother, Tracey Halliday, 40, who wants all parents to get their children vaccinated said her daughter was a “loving girl”, a talented kickboxer and an aspiring musician.
She said: “She was a loving girl and she had lots of friends.
“She was very active, she liked to go out and spend time with her friends and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters.
“Growing up she turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody.”
She added: “It’s heart-wrenching because your kids are always meant to outlive you, and that’s the one thing I can’t get over.”
Ms Halliday said that Jorja’s siblings were devastated at her death.
She said that Jorja first developed flu-like symptoms before she underwent the PCR test which gave a positive result, leading to her isolating at their home.
She said that Jorja was struggling to eat on Sunday but by Monday she could not eat at all due to her throat hurting.
Ms Halliday contacted a doctor who then prescribed Jorja antibiotics. As her condition got worse, she was then seen by a doctor and was taken to hospital.
According to Ms Halliday, her daughter did not have any underlying medical conditions.
It is important for children in Louth to be vaccinated to combat the virus and stay safe.