The Centner Academy in Miami sent a notice to parents on Monday informing them of a new policy for its two campuses for about 300 students from preschool to eighth grade. Teachers or staff who have already received the vaccine are told to continue to report to school but to remain separated from students.
Co-founder Leila Centner told employees in a letter last week that she had made the political decision with a “very heavy heart”. The center asked those who had not been vaccinated against COVID-1
The center backed the decision Tuesday in a statement sent to the Associated Press, which included the biologically impossible claim that unvaccinated women had experienced miscarriages and other reproductive problems only in the vicinity of vaccinated people.
“You can’t pass it on from one person to another if you stand next to someone,” said Dr. Tarane Shirazian, a gynecologist at New York University in Langon. “It’s a very horrible misconception because it opens up this crazy thinking that you can stand next to people and get what they have, which we know in history has really done a lot of damage to public health.”
The Florida Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the school’s position on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and leading women’s health authorities have said that the COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States are safe and effective and have undergone unprecedented safety controls. Across the country, teachers were prioritized for early access to vaccines to protect them from exposure to coronavirus when schools reopened.
Dr. Eileen Marty, a specialist in infectious diseases at Wertheim Medical College at the International University of Florida, said there was no evidence that unvaccinated people were at risk of vaccinating others.
Center and her husband David Center started school in 2019 after moving to Miami from New York. The school’s website promotes “medical freedom” from vaccines and offers to help parents give up vaccines that are otherwise required of students in Florida.
Earlier this month, Centner criticized the CDC’s measures to curb the spread of the virus and said its school was in violation of guidelines since it reopened in September.
“We did not comply with any of the tyrannical measures that were in place. I did not force our children to wear a mask,” Center said as he attended a Republican candidate’s Health and Freedom rally attended by supporters of former President Donald Trump and critics of public health restrictions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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