A distressed mother says that her son was vaccinated at school without her consent and that he was coerced into doing so with promises of free pizza.
What’s more, she claims the woman who administered the jab to her son asked him not to “say anything” so she wouldn’t “get in trouble.
Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the nation, is requiring that all students aged 12 and older be vaccinated by January 10.
And while mom Maribel Duarte has received the vaccine herself, she hadn’t been as eager to vaccinate her son, who she says received the shot at school behind her back.
When her 13-year-old came home with his vaccination card explaining he’d only agreed because he’d been offered pizza, she was stunned.
“The lady that gave him the shot and signed the paper told my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble,’” she told NBC Los Angeles.
“It hurt to know he got a shot without my permission, without knowing and without signing any papers for him to get the shot,” she said.
Reached for comment, LAUSD said that they do not comment on student matters as they are confidential, but that the “safe schools to safe steps incentive program” is “meant to ensure several steps are in place for vaccinated students to receive prizes,” according to the outlet.
Meanwhile, attorney Jennifer Kennedy says that the district’s vaccine mandate is improper to begin with, and that in California, children are not able to consent to vaccination.
“The LAUSD does not have the power to add a vaccine to the California school schedule,” she told NBC. “You couldn’t do it if you were a podunk school district and you can’t do it if you’re LAUSD, the second-largest district in the nation. You don’t have that legal authority.”
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