Pizza with a side of vaccine?
That's what a Los Angeles mother said her 13-year-old son received as part of his school's COVID-19 vaccination incentive program. The transaction, however, allegedly happened without parental consent.
"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,'" said Maribel Duarte, who claimed her son was vaccinated without anyone informing her, according to a report.
FIRST RESPONDERS RESIGN ON SOCIAL MEDIA OVER CORONAVIRUS VACCINE MANDATE
Duarte's son is a student at Barack Obama Global Prep Academy. The district would not confirm the incident or the details behind it, including what kind of pizza the student was supposedly offered or what pizzeria it came from.
"With the Jan. 10, 2022, student vaccination deadline approaching, the District introduced the Safe Schools to Safe Steps Incentive Program throughout Los Angeles Unified Schools. This program offers incentives to families who upload proof of their vaccine, have an approved medical exemption, or have conditional admissions," a Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. "The school has an overall vaccination rate of over 80 percent and will continue to work closely with its community for all eligible students to meet the vaccination deadline."
Vaccinations are "essential" for the district's students, the spokesperson added. The district has a Jan. 10, 2022, vaccination mandate for children 12 years and older.
"Vaccinations are an essential part of the multi-layered protection against COVID-19 to keep our students safe and healthy for in person instruction," the spokesperson said.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Duarte said she is not anti-vaccination but that her son suffers from asthma and allergies.
"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.