A Louisiana mom is planning to sue her 16-year-old son’s school after he was administered a Covid-19 vaccine without her consent.
The incident happened at East Jefferson High School in Jefferson Parish last Wednesday, when a Ochsner mobile vaccine clinic rolled onto campus to offer on-site jabs.
The school is accused of violating parental rights since, as an underage minor, the boy is not legally able to consent to the jab.
“As outlined by the Louisiana Department of Health website, a parent’s signature is required for anyone under 18 years old who wants the shot,” reports CBS affiliate 4WWL.
“Suit is being prepared and will be filed,” said the mom’s lawyer G. Shelly Maturin, adding the “nightmare” situation “should shock the conscience of all citizens of Louisiana.”
Maturin said he’d pursue “every legal avenue will be pursued to make sure that justice is served.”
“The egregious and reckless actions of Ochsner and East Jefferson High School went well beyond any legal or moral bounds and, at a minimum, constitute a battery upon the minor child,” Maturin said in a statement. “Hopefully, this type of reckless behavior will stop immediately, and no other parents or children will have to go through this nightmare.”
The town’s local health director, Dr. Robert Hart, released a statement apologizing profusely for the error, noting procedures are in place to ensure incidents like this don’t happen.
“Ochsner Health has worked closely with schools throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep faculty and students safe in the classroom and beyond, and we have been invited by schools to provide on-site vaccinations since the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents ages 12-17,” Hart said.
“While we firmly believe in vaccinating adolescents to keep them safe from COVID-19, this should be done only with parental consent. Our team has been notified that a student was vaccinated without proper parental consent at a school vaccination event on Oct. 20. We have procedures in place to ensure that all policies are followed; however, in this instance, this did not occur. We have taken immediate action to review our on-site vaccination policies and to ensure that these policies will be strictly enforced moving forward.
“We are in communication with the parent who brought this to our attention. We offer our sincere regret and apology for any distress this has caused.”
“We value the trust that parents put in us to care for their children,” Hart said. “And we are revising our school vaccination program to ensure that this does not happen again.”
School administrators are also aware of the incident and have assured parents the vaccination without consent was an “isolated incident.”
“Ochsner Health officials have informed us that they are conducting a thorough investigation of the vaccine event to ensure this was an isolated incident and does not occur again. … Our standard operating procedures include obtaining written consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to a student receiving the vaccine during an event conducted at one of our schools. We will continue to work with Ochsner Health and our other healthcare partners to ensure vaccination events conducted on our campuses follow this process,” a Jefferson Parish School Board spokesperson said.
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