It appears the COVID-19 vaccines will be approved for young children.

Vaccines were first approved for those over 65, the highest risk group, and have been moving down in ages.

Although there is a lot of information about COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations provided daily, what isn’t highly publicized by the mainstream media is the risk of death from COVID-19 for younger people.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) COVID-19 dashboard at, the relationship between age and dying of COVID-19 is dramatic.

The NCDHHS website states that 51 percent of all COVID deaths in North Carolina were people over 75 years old, 24 percent were those between 65 and 74, 19 percent were those between 50 and 64, and 6 percent were those between 25 and 49.  If you do the math, that equals 100 percent, which means, according to the NCDHHS, 0 percent of people under the age of 24 have died from COVID.

However, that 0 percent is misleading.  The actual figures according to the NCDHHS are that in the age group between 18 and 24, a total of 41 people have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those in the 15 to 17 age group, six have died; in the 10 to 14 age group, one has died; and for children aged 5 to 9, a total of three have died.

Those figures are for the entire COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 through Oct. 25, 2021.  The fact that COVID deaths are listed for the entire pandemic and not by calendar year makes it somewhat difficult to compare to deaths from other causes.

However, the number of deaths from other causes for the year 2019 are available, although the age ranges don’t match up with the way the COVID deaths are calculated.

For example, according to the NCDHHS, in the 15 to 24 age group in 2019, the last year for which data is published, 251 died from motor vehicle accidents, 231 died from other accidents, 196 died from homicides, 181 died from suicide, 44 died from cancer and 27 died from heart disease, and a total of 1,094 died from all causes.

In the 5 to 14 age group, 32 died from motor vehicle accidents, 23 from other accidents, 22 from cancer, 15 from suicide, 11 from homicide, 10 from birth defects, 5 from diseases of the heart and 5 from pneumonia and influenza, and a total of 168 died from all causes.