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‘Beautiful’ girl, 15, dies of Covid on the day she was supposed to be vaccinated

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A 15-year-old girl died of Covid the day she was supposed to get vaccinated.

Portsmouth schoolgirl Jorja Halliday had no known health issues before testing positive on a PCR test.

Her health rapidly deteriorated and she tragically died four days later, her mum said.

Tracey Halliday, 40, said her kickboxer and skateboarder daughter was a "beautiful, courageous" girl.

She said: “It’s heart-wrenching because your kids are always meant to outlive you.

“There will be random points in the day where I see a picture of her or say her name and I break down.

"Then I try and piece myself together. When I’m on my own, when [her siblings] have gone to bed and when I get the reminders throughout the day I burst into tears.”

Jorja was supposed to get her first jab on September 28, the day she tragically died.

After four days of severe flu symptoms which included vomiting and not being able to keep down water, Jorja was put on a ventilator.

But her heart rate remained double the average for someone her age, doctors at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth warned Tracey.

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The grieving mum explained: "They did absolutely everything they could to save her but they explained that her heart couldn’t take the strain.

"We got there at 2pm and she passed away by 7pm.

"They realised how serious it was and I was still allowed to touch her, hold her hand, hug her and everything else. I was with her the whole time.”

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Tracey also had the task of breaking the news to Jorja's siblings, who've pulled together amazingly in the wake of their sister's premature death.

Jorja is the eldest of five, with two sisters and two brothers.

Julie (12), Daisie (4), Kallum (6) and Oscar (18 months) are all missing their big sis dearly.

Tracey said: “Growing up, Jorja turned into a beautiful young lady, always wanting to help others, always there for everybody when they needed them.”

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The Covid vaccines are now being offered to children 15 and over.

There are only 14 known child and teenage deaths in England where the victim had no pre-existing medical conditions, The Times reported.

But cases remain high, with one in 20 children of secondary school age infected with Covid last week.

Only 7 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have been jabbed with a first dose, according to the latest government figures.

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