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New York teacher injected teen with COVID vaccine without parents' consent, police say

A New York teacher was arrested after she allegedly injected a teen with a COVID-19 vaccine, without the parents' consent. 

Laura Parker Russo gave the 17-year-old teen the shot at her home, the Nassau County Police department said in a news release on Monday. The teen quickly went home to inform his mother.

"The mother had not given permission or authority to have her son injected with a COVID-19 vaccine and called police," according to the news release.

The police launched an investigation and determined Parker Russo, 54, is "not a medical professional or authorized to administer vaccines" and was arrested. She was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession.

It is unclear to the police how Parker Russo obtained the vaccine.

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The Nassau County School District told USA TODAY that Russo has been reassigned from her classroom until the investigation is completed. The incident did not occur on school property and it isn't related to the school she worked out, according to the district. 

“The individual in question is a district employee who has been removed from the classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation," the district said.

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