Mississippi COVID-19 pediatric death update

Published 3:59 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Wednesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed its 14th COVID-19 death in a child under the age of 18.

Since the first cases of the coronavirus were identified in the state in March 2020, MSDH has reported the following pediatric deaths:

  • 2020 — one, age 1-5; one, age 6-10.
  • 2021 — one, infant under 1 year; one, age 1-5; five, age 11-17.
  • 2022 — one, age 1-5; three, age 11-17
  • 2023 — one, infant under 1 year

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said the latest death serves as a stark reminder of the importance of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and up-to-date on boosters to protect vulnerable individuals we have contact with, who may not be eligible for vaccines.

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“Vaccination not only protects you, but it also protects those around you who may not be eligible for vaccination or who may be at higher risk for complications due to age or underlying health problems,” said Dr. Byers. “It is important to stay up to date and receive the most recent bivalent booster when eligible in order to provide the best protection against infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.”

Vaccinations are recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. MSDH reports vaccinations and boosters are especially important for adults age 65 and older, children and adults with weakened immune systems, and anyone with underlying health problems. MSDH recommends anyone 6 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. Vaccinations are also available at numerous pharmacies and private providers throughout the state.

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