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Public Health Officials Records Pediatric Death Due to COVID-19

The Department of Public Health recorded a pediatric death of a child under the age of 5 who tested positive for COVID-19 and had underlying medical conditions.

“We are saddened to learn about the death of a child, and send our deepest condolences to the family members,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “This is a sad reminder of how COVID can cause severe disease and complications that can lead to death on those who suffer from chronic medical conditions. We continue to stress the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted for those eligible, and in particular, adults caring for children with medical complexities, especially those children who are not able to receive the vaccine yet.”

Health officials are urging individuals 5 years of age and older to get the vaccine and those 12 years of age and older to receive a booster as soon as possible to keep themselves and others safe. Children under the age of 5 years are not eligible to receive a vaccine, making it even more important that others get fully vaccinated and boosted to keep them safe.

Health officials advised that parental or guardian consent is required for the vaccination of minors. Parents can schedule an appointment at www.EPCovidVaccine.com. For additional information about vaccination sites, visit www.EPCovidVaccine.com. For more COVID-19 information, visit www.EPStrong.org.

Vaccinations and boosters are available for FREE by appointment only at the following City sites:

  • El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • City of El Paso COVID-19 Clinics

8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

    • 220 S. Stanton (Corner of First and Stanton)
    • 7380 Remcon
    • 9566 Railroad
    • 110 Candelaria

For information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.EPCovidVaccine.com. For additional information about COVID-19 to include testing, data, and prevention visit www.EPStrong.org.

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