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Online COVID-19 debate swirls over death of 15-year-old U.K. kickboxer Jorja Halliday

U.K. youth vaccination strategy questioned

The death of kickboxer Jorja Halliday, 15, has only intensified the online debate of COVID-19 vaccination.

Halliday, a GCSE student at the Portsmouth Academy, died last Tuesday on the day she was to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Her death has prompted many to comment about the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 youth strategy.

According to the data of the COVID-19 Data Repository and the Centre of Science and System Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University along with Our World in Data, the U.K. has over 7.9 million total cases of COVID-19, with 6.3 million of them in England as of Oct. 2. Approximately 137,000 people have died of the virus.

According to the U.K. Health Security Agency, the U.K. has 30,439 new cases and 43 deaths within 28 days of a positive test as of Oct. 3.


Almost 45 million people have taken their second COVID-19 dose in the U.K. But many people continue to question prime minister Boris Johnson’s government and the National Health Service (NHS) strategy for the pandemic.

For more information on the U.K. government’s COVID-19 strategy, including travel restrictions and the autumn and winter plans, please visit

The online reaction to Halliday’s death continues to grow on Twitter.

The debate continues.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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