California became the first state in the country to announce plans to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children in schools.
In the United States, more than 14.7percent of children 5-11 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 53.4 of minors 12-17 people have been fully vaccinated.
However, there have been several reported incidents across the country in which minors have been vaccinated without their parents’ consent and one of them was a New York biology teacher and is now in trouble after allegedly giving a COVID-19 vaccine to a teenager without his parents’ permission.
The detectives said that Laura Parker Russo, 54, with no medical qualifications gave an injection of what is believed to be a COVID vaccine to a 17-year-old boy inside her home in Sea Cliff.
According to ABC7, the teen went home and told his mother what happened. She immediately called the police, who investigated and discovered Russo is not a medical professional or authorized to administer vaccines. Police say after getting the shot, the boy went home and told his mother. She told police and an investigation began Saturday.
After an investigation, officials discovered that Russo is not a medical professional or authorized to administer vaccines.
It’s not known how Russo obtained the vaccine, but one doctor told WCBS it’s possible it could have been counterfeit. It’s also not known why the boy went to her to receive the shot or if he was monitored afterward.
The superintendent of Russo’s school district says she has been removed from her classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of her case.
Russo was arrested and charged with unauthorized practice of a profession. She was issued a desk appearance ticket for Jan. 21.