Florida private schools bans teachers from getting Covid vaccine, citing baseless conspiracy theory
The owner of a private school in Florida has apparently banned teachers from receiving the coronavirus vaccine, citing an anti-Vax conspiracy theory.
Centner Academy, a private school that charges nearly $ 30,000 per student per year, according to CBS4, urged teachers to wait until the end of the year to get vaccinated or risk their jobs.
“Until further notice, we ask every employee who has not yet taken the experimental Covid-19 injection to wait until the end of the school year,” says the email.
It goes on to say: “We have also recommended that all faculties and staff stop the injection until there is further investigation into whether this experimental drug affects people who have not been vaccinated.”
The Miami school, run by Leila and David Centner, has reportedly maintained a policy of “not employing anyone who has taken the experimental Covid-19 injection until more information is known”.
The school reportedly cites an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory on women’s reproductive health that “at least three women were affected with menstrual cycles after spending time with a vaccinated person.”
The comment appears to reference false claims that the coronavirus vaccine can be passed from an immunized person to an unvaccinated woman and affect their reproductive system.
Reuters checked claims with medical experts who agree that it is impossible for a person to “deliver” the vaccines, or that a woman’s reproductive system is compromised by the presence of a vaccinated person.
The email effectively makes the teacher’s continued employment at the school conditional on avoidance of the vaccine and asks staff to provide the school with some form of vaccination status, reports the New York Times.
The form allegedly requires staff to “acknowledge that the school is taking legal action to protect students if it is determined that I have not answered these questions correctly”.
In a statement to CBS4, the school said, “We are doing what we believe is the best interest of the children because children should not be around vaccinated teachers.”
Ms. Centner’s publicist echoed a sentiment similar to The Times, reiterating false claims that vaccinated people “may transmit something from their bodies”, leading to adverse reproductive problems in women.
“We are not one hundred percent sure that the Covid injections are safe and there are too many unknown variables for us to be comfortable at the moment,” the statement said.
Carter Sox, labor law attorney at Gallup Auerbach, told CBS4, “In general, a Florida private employer can fire someone for any reason or no reason.”
The school prominently promotes support for “medical freedom from prescribed vaccines” on its website.
CBS4 reported that one teacher has already resigned but said it was not clear if this was a direct result of the policy.
The Independent has asked Centner Academy for a comment.