Teacher Arrested for Giving a COVID Vaccine to a 17-year-old Student
A NY school teacher is facing charges after she took it upon herself to administer a COVID vaccine to a 17-year-old high school student!
Police say Laura Russo – who has no medical knowledge or credentials – administered the dose at her home despite having no legal authority to give the injections or consent from the boy’s parents.
Russo, 54, who teaches biology, was arrested on New Year’s Eve and could face four years in prison if convicted.
The 17-year-old boy had reportedly wanted the vaccine.
Injections can be dangerous if administered incorrectly. Doctors and licensed medical workers have to verify that a vaccine is not counterfeit or expired. Patients should also be asked about their medical history and have their reaction monitored after the COVID vaccine.
Police say it is unclear how Russo obtained the supposed COVID vaccine or what brand it is. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one authorized for Americans under 18 years old.
Video of the incident which occurred in her Long Island home appears to show Russo telling the teenager: “You’ll be fine, I hope.”
“Here you go. At-home vaccine,” he says.
Officials say the boy’s parents called Nassau police after he came home and told them what had happened.
“She had obtained a vaccine,” said Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “That’s still under investigation on how she got it.”
According to CBS News, the superintendent of Herricks High School, where Russo works as a science teacher, said in a statement that the teacher “is a district employee who has been removed from the classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Russo has been charged with practicing medicine without authorization.
A court hearing has been scheduled for January 21.