The Centner Academy in Miami sent a message to parents on Monday informing them of a new policy for its two campuses for about 300 students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Teachers or staff who have already taken the vaccine were told to continue reporting to the school but to stay separate from students.
Co-founder Leila Centner told staff in a letter last week that she made the political decision with a “very heavy heart.” Centner asked those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine to wait until the end of the school year and even thereafter recommended to persevere.
Centner stood by the decision Tuesday in a statement sent to The Associated Press, which contained the biologically impossible claim that unvaccinated women have experienced abortions and other reproductive problems just by standing close to vaccinated people.
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 stated that the COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States are safe and effective and are undergoing unprecedented safety controls. Around the country, teachers were given priority for early access to the vaccines to protect them from exposure to coronavirus as schools reopened.
Dr. Aileen Marty, a specialist in infectious diseases at Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine, said there is no evidence that unvaccinated people face any risk from vaccinations from others.
Centner and her husband David Centner 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 opt out of vaccines that are otherwise necessary for students in Florida.
Earlier this month, Centner criticized the CDC’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus, saying her school violated the guidelines from the moment it reopened in September.
“We did not follow any of the tyrannical measures that were in place. I did not force our children to wear a mask,” Centner said as he attended a “Health and Freedom” meeting for a Republican candidate that included supporters of former President Donald Trump. and critics of public health restrictions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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