A New York high school teacher with no formal medical training was arrested for allegedly giving a 17-year-old student a COVID-19 vaccine, authorities said.
Police said Laura Russo administered the dose at home despite not having legal authorization to give injections or the consent of the teenager’s parents.
Russo, 54, who teaches biology, was arrested on New Year’s Eve and she can face four years in prison if convicted.
Injections can be dangerous if given incorrectly. Doctors and medical workers must verify that a vaccine is not counterfeit or expired. Patients should also be asked about their medical history and their reaction after a puncture should be monitored.
The police reported that It is not clear how Russo obtained the alleged vaccine against coronavirus or from what laboratory it is. At the moment, the Pfizer-BioNTech formula is the only one authorized in the US for children under 18 years of age.
Video of the incident appears to show Russo telling the teenager, “You’ll be okay, I hope.”
“Here you go. Vaccine at home,” he says.
Authorities claimed that the teenager’s parents called the police after he arrived home and recounted what had happened.
“She had gotten a vaccine,” said New York Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “It is still under investigation as to how he got it.”
The principal of Herricks High School, where Russo works, 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,” reported CBS News, a partner at the BBC. In U.S.A.
Russo is accused of illegal exercise of a profession.
A court hearing is scheduled for January 21.