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Idaho doctors react to news of first child death from COVID-19

Virus Outbreak Kids Vaccine
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Leah Lefkove, 9, shows off her vaccination sticker just before being the first child to be vaccinated at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga., on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

The state Department of Health and Welfare announced the first death of an Idaho child due to COVID-19. Idaho Matters talks with two doctors about the news of the infant's death, which comes after kids aged 5-11 are able to get the vaccine.

Our guests today:

  • Dr. David Pate, member of the governor's coronavirus task force and former CEO of St. Luke's Health System
  • Dr. Meghan McInerney, St. Alphonsus ICU Medical Director
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