A private school in Miami bannedbecause of its co-founder’s misguided beliefs in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. The Centner Academy, a prekindergarten to 8th-grade school in the city’s fashionable Design District, sent a letter to faculty and other staff last week informing them “ ” that the vaccinated would be barred from student contact and could lose their jobs, The New York Times first reported Monday. Leila Centner, who founded the school in 2019 with her husband David Centner, claimed in the message that “reports have surfaced recently of non-vaccinated people being by interacting with people who have been vaccinated,” according to the Times.
She noted that vaccinated individuals “may be transmitting something from their bodies” that could harm others,, and normal growth and development in women and children.” Centner offered no specifics or scientific facts. In a letter to parents, she claimed to be consulting with unnamed “doctors.” As for the lack of evidence, Centner claimed her information is “ .” The future for at the school was bleak. “It is our policy, to the extent possible, not to employ anyone who has taken the experimental injection until further information is known,” Centner wrote to parents.
Falsehoods have circulated on Centner’s message warned teachers that those immunized over the summer will not be allowed to return until that vaccinated people can pass the vaccine to others and somehow affect their reproductive systems. The rumors are on the vaccine are completed — and only “if a position is still available.” Though vaccine studies are ongoing, clinical trials were conducted before U.S. for emergency use, declaring them safe and effective.
Centner’s publicist explained in a statement to the Times that the school’s top priority is to. The newspaper reported that the publicist repeated the unfounded claims that vaccinated people “may be transmitting something from their bodies,” leading to . According to its website, the school has about 300 students from prekindergarten through eighth grade and charges $30,000 a year tuition for middle school which says the school backs “ .”
Centner’sunderscores a problem in halting the pandemic in America. Vaccine is the highest of any group. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that . The Times noted that Centner and her husband donated heavily to the GOP and ex-President failed reelection campaign.
Dr. Aileen Marty, a physician and infectious disease specialist with Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine, called the letter from Centner “.” “It gives the illusion that she’s basing it on facts,” Marty told the Miami Herald. “But there’s not one citation; nor one physician or scientist whose name is spelled out.” There are “no references … no scientific evidence provided. Rumor is the only … there’s ,” Marty added.
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