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The 17-year-old boy had reportedly wanted the vaccine but when he went home and told his mother what happened she called the police

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Laura Russo administers the dose in a screen grab published by the BBC from the video

Laura Russo administers the dose in a screen grab published by the BBC from the video

Laura Russo administers the dose in a screen grab published by the BBC from the video

A New York school teacher has been arrested for allegedly giving a Covid vaccine to a student in her home, it has been reported. 

Police say Laura Russo administered the dose despite having no formal medical qualification and no legal authorisation to give jabs, and without consent from the boy's parents.

Ms Russo (54) who teaches biology, could face four years in prison if convicted.

The 17-year-old boy had reportedly wanted the vaccine but when he went home and told his mother what happened she called the police.

CBS News, the BBC's partner in the US, reported that police have said it is unclear how Ms Russo obtained the alleged Covid vaccine, or what brand it is. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech jab is the only one authorised for Americans under 18 years old.

Video of the incident in Long Island appears to show Ms Russo telling the teenager: "You'll be fine, I hope."

"Here you go. At-home vaccine," he says.

"She had obtained a vaccine," said Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. "That's still under investigation on how she got it."

In a statement the superintendent of Herricks High School, where Ms Russo has been working, said the teacher is a “district employee who has been removed from the classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation”.

She was placed under arrest on a charge of New York state education law unauthorised practice of a profession.

A court hearing has been scheduled for January 21.

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