A science teacher from New York — who had no formal medical qualifications — was arrested for allegedly giving a COVID-19 vaccine to a student.

Per BBC News, police said Laura Russo gave the dose to the 17-year-old male student at her home.

  • Russo did not have consent from the boy’s parents.
  • Russo had no legal right to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The teacher could face four years in prison for the incident.
  • Russo has been removed from her classroom and reassigned until an investigation is over, according to the New York Post.
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Police said it’s still unclear how Russo got her hands on the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s also unclear which COVID-19 vaccine brand she tried to use, according to BBC News.

Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California at San Francisco, told The Washington Post that COVID-19 vaccines should only be distributed by health professionals, who receive proper training for distribution.

  • She said it’s “quite tricky” to distribute mRNA COVID-19 vaccines as well since they require specific temperatures and proper handling.