A Sea Cliff, New York teacher has been arrested for allegedly injecting a 17-year-old boy with a COVID-19 vaccine at her home.
The Long Island teacher identified as Laura Parker Russo by Nassau County police, has been accused of giving the teen the shot on December 31. The student went home and told his mother, who had not authorized Russo to give her son the vaccine.
The mother called police, who investigated the claims. Police said Russo isn’t a medical professional and is not authorized to administer vaccines. The teacher was arrested and charged with New York State Education Law Unauthorized Practice of a Profession. Russo was released and is due in court on January 21. Russo is a 54-year-old biology teacher, according to CBS New York. “The individual in question is a district employee who has been removed from the classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation,” the superintendent said in a statement. It is unclear how Russo obtained the vaccine.
According to CBS News:
To administer the vaccine, the patient needs to give consent and the administrator needs knowledge of patient allergies as well as medical knowledge. “You have to draw up the medication into sterile syringe with a needle and expel some of the air and give the injection properly,” Dr. Audie Liametz, vice chair of the emergency department at NYU Langone told CBS New York.
Three brands of COVID-19 vaccines are available in the U.S. but Pfizer is the only brand that has been approved for patients under 18. The vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 17 and adults over 18.
The CDC says “widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone from COVID-19 and COVID-19 related complications.
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