An irate mom claims a California school offered her 13-year-old son free pizza to get his COVID vaccine — then warned him not to tell anyone about it.
Maribel Duarte said her 13-year-old son returned home from the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South Los Angeles with a vaccination card after accepting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for pizza.
“I should have been there,” Duarte told NBC Los Angeles. “The lady who gave him the injection and signed the paper said to my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble.’
The card showed that the unidentified boy had had two doses of his Pfizer vaccine, on Oct. 28 and Nov. 18. It is unclear when he told his mother what had happened after the first or second injection.
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Maribel Duarte (pictured) claims her son returned home from the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy with a vaccination card without her permission
Duarte claims her son received two injections of the Pfizer vaccine without her consent (vaccination card pictured)
“It hurt to know that he got a shot without my permission, unknowingly and without signing papers to get the shot,” added Duarte.
Duarte has been vaccinated against COVID herself, but said she didn’t want her son to get the shot because he is asthmatic and suffers from allergies, putting him at greater risk for rare but potentially serious side effects.
“He has asthma and allergy problems,” she said.
The school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which requires all students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated by January 10.
In almost all California counties, students under 18 can only be vaccinated with parental consent, although San Francisco lets kids 12 and older decide for themselves.
Students who don’t get the shot by the deadline or don’t have a legal exemption will be forced to go back to virtual learning.
Attorney Jennifer Kennedy (pictured) follows two cases against the LAUSD seeking to end mandate
Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 last week.
The Los Angeles Unified School District requires all students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated by January 10
The Barack Obama Global Prep Academy (pictured) reportedly offered a 13-year-old student a pizza to hide that he had been vaccinated
A LAUSD spokesperson told Foxnews.com they could not confirm the incident at the school, but said students will be given incentives to get the vaccine.
“As the deadline for student vaccination on Jan. 10, 2022, approaches, the district has introduced the Safe Schools to Safe Steps Incentive Program across Los Angeles Unified Schools,” the spokesperson said. “This program offers incentives to families who upload proof of their vaccine, have an approved medical exemption, or have conditional admissions.”
Attorney Jennifer Kennedy is following two cases currently pending in court against the LAUSD to end the mandate.
She told NBC Los Angeles that the parents may have a strong case because the district does not have the legal authority to enforce a mandate.
“The LAUSD does not have the power to add a vaccine to the school roster in California,” she said. “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 country. You don’t have that legal authority.’
Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.
The decision has sparked a storm of controversy with opponents pointing out that there is little evidence that vaccinating children is necessary.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that between the start of the outbreak in March 2020 and December 1, 2021, only 741 children between the ages of 0 and 18 have died from COVID.
The US was one of the first states to officially approve jabs for the 5-11 age group, and most countries, including the UK, only offered vaccines to children 12 and older.
One of the more serious possible side effects is inflammation of the heart, which scientists believe is more common in teenage boys, but which they’ve also emphasized is extremely rare.
The pandemic has killed more than 780,000 Americans, slowed economic growth and disrupted supply chains.
Mandatory vaccination has become an increasingly popular tool in the fight against the pandemic and has increased vaccination coverage in the US.
While the Biden administration’s plans have been frustrated in court, judges have upheld mandates from private employers, universities and state and local governments.
The Biden administration’s demand for military and civilian government employees survived judicial challenges.