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.
This is absolutely heartbreaking. Jorja Halliday, aged 15, died in ITU of Covid myocarditis on the day she was due to receive her vaccination 💔https://t.co/6DcOk4AkoH
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) October 2, 2021
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.
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— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) October 4, 2021
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.
On 4 October, 35,077 new cases and 33 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported across the UK.
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— UK Health Security Agency (@UKHSA) October 4, 2021
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 www.gov.uk.
The online reaction to Halliday’s death continues to grow on Twitter.
We understand #UFCVegas38 is on right now, but let's take a moment to salute the memory of kickboxer Jorja Halliday and pay respect to her family and friends: https://t.co/6NCVOKXSp2 #RIP #ufc #mma #portsmouth #London #15 #england #uk #COVID19 #covid #ufcapex pic.twitter.com/IlmwBCTotn
— MMACrossfireNation (@NationCrossfire) October 2, 2021
I don't get why there isn't a revolt over the government's willful mass infection of children with a virus we know little about but enough to know it's deadly. Not even the scant requirement that staff & students wear masks let alone vaccination in schools https://t.co/CwsERW2KpA
— Nadine El-Enany (@NadineElEnany) October 4, 2021
39 positive cases confirmed at the school Jorja Halliday attended between September 2020 and May 2021
102 positive cases in SEPTEMBER 2021
— Little Hoppy Saul 🐝💙#SafeEdForAll #Hive #F4VL (@HoppySaul) October 4, 2021
Reflecting on the unnecessary avoidable death of Jorja Halliday this morning. How unbearable for all those that loved her. Why is the vaccination of 12-15y/o’s so slow? Immunity via infection/illness is unacceptable #RIPJorja #COVID19Vic #CovidVaccines
— Charlene Cole 🇺🇦 (@charlMidwife) October 3, 2021
Boris Johnson likes talking about wage growth. He doesn't like talking about the deaths caused by #JohnsonVariant Covid. 121 more today tragically, but the cause @BorisJohnson couldn't care less. This man is a walking disgrace, whilst real people suffer the very worst real loss.
— Matthew Payne (@Matthew82069336) October 2, 2021
Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth, died this week at the Queen Alexandra Hospital after being admitted suffering from Covid four days earlier.
She was going to have the Jab on Tuesday.
If only we had extended our rollout earlier. https://t.co/lHV2vU7cfN
— Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) October 2, 2021
Senior doctors urge secondary school pupils to get vaccinated https://t.co/3NaGYDxtOm José Carlos Gill Ramírez Soto
Advice follows death of healthy 15-year-old Jorja Halliday from Covid as infections rise in English schools
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— Peter Zapata (@PeterZapata13) October 4, 2021
10 KIDS DIED OF COVID IN SEPTEMBER
Why is this not a headline in every paper?
10 families lost a child that should not have died, from a preventable disease.
Because SCHOOLS ARE NOT SAFE.
Because we want to go to the pub and shop without masks and wish the whole thing away.
— Katy McConkey (@KatyMcconkey) October 2, 2021
Desperately sad to read of the death of Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth, who died at the Queen Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday after being tested for the virus 4 days earlier.
Dreadfully sad time for her parents, family and friends. 😢So sorry for your loss.https://t.co/ZbkobOTQLB
— Dr Joe Pajak 💙 CSci NHS FT Governor (@JoePajak) October 2, 2021
Agreed, but people have got to stop calling him Boris. He's not a pet, he's not our friend. If it was the previous incumbent, we wouldn't be calling her Theresa. https://t.co/gWJHhrfseP
— nick abbot (@NIAbbot) October 3, 2021
Listening to BBC news, how many more times do we have to hear’ now the pandemic is over’, IT ISNT OVER. When will people understand this…
— bridget Craig (@bridgetCraig17) October 3, 2021
My heart goes out to the family of 15 year old Jorja Halliday who has died after falling ill with Covid-19.
Awful to hear that Jorja died the day she was due to be vaccinated. My daughter of the same age as Jorja is being vaccinated tonight, and I’m truly grateful for that. https://t.co/AJ9a14LGOd
— Monica Lennon MSP (@MonicaLennon7) October 2, 2021
This has caused lasting damage @trishgreenhalgh . We continue to see schools obsessed with hygiene theatre with little or no attention paid to masks and ventilation.
Literally costing lives #JorjaHalliday #Sept10 #COVIDisAirborne https://t.co/K3Xp9HkGtL
— SafeEdForAll #SafeEdForAll (@SafeEdForAll_UK) October 3, 2021
Jorja Halliday was 15 & had no pre-existing health problems. On 24 September she tested positive for covid-19. Four days later she died of covid myocarditis in intensive care.
— Hugh Jaeger (@HughJaeger) October 2, 2021
Had the JCVI not dragged their feet then Jorja Halliday, who was 15 when she died, would have been vaccinated which would have improved her chances of still being alive now. https://t.co/1zrRe4WKyE https://t.co/mmHVXdfaPL
— Lucie (@ByrneLuc) October 2, 2021
Why isn't there civil unrest? Johnson passing laws to restrict people's rights to protest. Custodial sentences for civil breaches and demonstrations. What is happening to this country? A political lunatic is popular. 🤦♀️
— Jennifer 💙💚🇺🇦 Stand with Ukraine. (@Jennyfurfuls) October 2, 2021
Jorja Halliday will b "4ever 15" due 2 #COVID19. I understand the reticence re: the vaccine … but given the damage that #coronavirus can do 2 the body (& she was still n the midst of puberty), any1 who values their own life (& cares abt their loved 1s) should get the shot. https://t.co/KQC1IWIiJ0
— Latrice Davis (@latrice_davis) October 3, 2021
High-profile politicians/government advisers who broke lockdown/social distancing rules: Dominic Cummings, Catherine Calderwood, Neil Ferguson, Rosie Duffield. None of these individuals were fined. Why should the public follow the dystopian rules?
— Jeremy Hume (@jeremy_hume) October 4, 2021
The debate continues.