LDH: Two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths brings total number to 13 since the start of pandemic

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two more people under the age of 18 have died from COVID-19, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

That’s five pediatric deaths from COVID-19 since the last wave started in Louisiana.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 13 children have died from the virus.

Including the two children who recently died from the virus, the state now sits at 12,582 total COVID-19 deaths.

The last children to die from this virus were “between 0 and 4 years” and “between 12 and 17 years”.

If you want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Louisiana Department of Health has the details below:

Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana. The FDA has fully approved Pfizer’s Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine for individuals between the ages of 12 and 15 remains under emergency approval. Parents should confirm with the vaccine provider that their child is under the age of 18 to ensure that the Pfizer vaccine is available before making an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at more than 1,400 locations in all 64 Louisiana parishes, including pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics and doctor’s offices.

For a list of locations, visit LDH’s Vaccine List or visit vaccins.gov, which is operated by the federal government.

Please note that some sites may be temporarily inactive due to Hurricane Ida. Before you leave, check with the site you want to visit if it is open.

To get a list of vaccine locations near you, send your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.

If you have questions, want to speak to a medical professional, or need help scheduling an appointment, call 211 or Louisiana’s Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.

“Any life lost to COVID-19 is a tragedy, but the loss of a child is deeply heartbreaking. Just a week ago today, our hearts were heavy with the loss of one young child, and today we feel the loss doubly with the death of two more,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. “To best protect our young children who are not eligible for the vaccine, and ourselves and our loved ones, we can do two simple things: get the vaccine and wear a mask.”

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