A mother was left stunned and outraged this week when she was made aware of her son receiving a Covid-19 vaccine at his high school without her consent.
Jennifer Ravain – the mother of a 16-year-old student at East Jefferson High School in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana – found out about the “nightmare” scenario on Wednesday, which was when an Oschner mobile vaccination clinic was at the school to vaccinate the teenagers.
Somehow, she says, her son was able to sign the parental consent form himself without anyone notifying her before he received his jab.
Allowing the minor to receive the Covid vaccine without parental consent directly violates the state guidelines, which require a parent or guardian to sign off on the experimental jab before it can be administered to ANYONE who is under the age of 18. The policy is clearly stated as such on the Louisiana Department of Health’s website.
G. Shelly Maturin, the attorney representing Ravain, called out both the school as well as the vaccine clinic for their ‘lawless behavior’ that has created a “nightmare” situation. Maturin also claims that multiple other underage students were also permitted to receive the experimental vaccine without parental consent.
He wrote in a statement:
“The egregious and reckless actions of Ochsner and East Jefferson High school went well beyond any legal and moral bounds and at a minimum, constitute a battery upon the minor child. Their actions should shock the conscience of all citizens of Louisiana.”
Maturin says he’s examining every avenue to hold the vaccine clinic and the district accountable for their egregious actions.
The health care provider who administered the shots at the school, Ochsner Health System, apologized for their employees who ignored the protocols they had in place when vaccinating students at East Jefferson High School. They also confirmed that the incident took place at one of their mobile vaccine clinics that was part of a school vaccination event on October 21, 2021.
According to 4WWL, A spokesperson from Ochsner said the following:
“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 October 20, 2021. 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.
As a leading healthcare provider in this community, we value the trust that parents put in us to care for their children, and we are revising our school vaccination program to ensure that this does not happen again.
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.”
Jefferson Parish Public Schools also confirmed that the incident took place in a statement that was released by the board on Friday night. The letter made clear that the school board had partnered “with multiple healthcare providers” to provide vaccinations to students and staff members on school grounds. They also acknowledge that “obtaining written consent” from a parent before a student receives a jab would be considered standard operating procedure but the practice was not followed by the vaccine clinic.
Jefferson Parish Public Schools released a state late Friday night:
“Today, we were made aware of an incident that occurred this week during a vaccine event held by Ochsner Health, whereby a student received a vaccine without parental consent. 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.
We believe that broad participation in vaccinations reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission and is essential to keeping our schools and community safe and healthy. Jefferson Parish Schools has partnered with multiple healthcare partners to provide vaccination opportunities to eligible employees and students since vaccines first became available. 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.”
Either way, whether it was the school’s negligence or the healthcare provider’s, these adults need to be held accountable. A parental consent form for children under 18 years old is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. Not knowing how their own procedures weren’t followed isn’t a good enough excuse for this type of incident to occur – especially if they are planning on continuing to administer the experimental vaccine at the school.
Watch W44L’s coverage on the incident: