Officials from Orange County confirm the 3rd COVID-19 child death in which a child under 5 has been confirmed

Officials from Orange County confirmed Thursday night that a child below 5 years old died in December due to COVID-19 complications.

This announcement comes at a time when cases are rising in Orange County, California, and elsewhere due to the Omicron variant.

“We have lost another precious young life to this terrible virus; it is our third pediatric death in Orange County since the start of the pandemic,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s health officer. “This is yet another somber reminder that we must continue to do everything we can to protect our loved ones, especially our little ones under 5 years of age who are not able to be vaccinated.”

Children younger than 5 years old are not allowed to use the COVID-19 vaccine.

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