Video shows Long Island high school teacher illegally administering COVID vaccine to teenager – CBS New York
SEA CLIFF, NY (CBSNewYork) – There is a new video showing a woman from Long Island who has no medical qualifications allegedly giving a teenager a COVID-19 vaccine.
The two are not related and the mother of the 17-year-old boy has not given him permission.
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The incident took place inside a Victorian-era house in Sea Cliff on New Years Eve.
Owner Laura Parker Russo, 54, can be seen in the video telling the teenager, “You will be fine, I hope.”
“Here is. Home vaccine,” says the teenager.
As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reports, officials say the teenager wanted the vaccine, but his parents were against it.
Doctors called the incident “irresponsible” because the vaccine could have been corrupted, and the Herricks High School biology teacher appeared to be unfamiliar with the medical protocol.
It is the discourse of the community.
“The parent has to take their hat off from a personal point of view,” said one man.
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“Minor children shouldn’t be able to make decisions on their own,” said another man.
“I would be extremely upset if someone immunized my minor child without my consent,” said one woman.
“As a parent, I would be upset. As a child he believed he did the right thing, ”said another woman.
Several colleges and universities in the tri-state area are reporting that students are researching the COVID vaccine against their parents’ wishes.
“People wait until the age of 18 before they can take primary responsibility for their own health care and they choose to be vaccinated at that point. I find that these people are for the most part very well educated. They keep a close watch on science, ”said Dr KC Rondello, epidemiologist at Adelphi University.
Russo is charged with an E crime and faces 1 year and a third to 4 years behind bars for unauthorized exercise of a profession.
“She had obtained a vaccine. It’s still under investigation as to how she got it, ”Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. “When he got home and told his mother what had happened, the mother contacted the police.”
Russo has been reassigned to her school district, pending the outcome of the investigation. Prosecutors will hear his side of the story at the end of January.
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Russo did not respond to CBS2’s request for comment.