Oct 19, 2021 -- A private school in Miami is telling parents their children will need to quarantine for 30 days if they get a COVID-19 vaccination, citing a debunked claim that vaccinated people can spread the virus to others.

Insider, citing TV station WSVN, said Centner Academy sent a letter to parents asking them to hold off getting their children vaccinated until the summer "when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease."

If parents do go ahead and get their children vaccinated during the school year, “vaccinated students will need to stay at home for 30 days post-vaccination for each dose and booster they receive and may return to school after 30 days as long as the student is healthy and symptom-free.”

An infectious disease specialist called the school’s claim “fiction.”

"What kind of nonsense is this?" said Aileen Marty, MD, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, according to WSVN. "They made that up. That's science fiction — not even science fiction because it's pure fiction."

The K-9 school is clear about its skepticism f vaccines, not just the COVID vaccine.

The “vaccine policy” on Centner Academy’s webpage says there’s “a popular sentiment” in the United States that excessive vaccines may be damaging children’s health. The school says “students should not be forced to endure immunizations” until more long-term studies are conducted.

This not the first time Centner Academy has made the news because of rules that put limits on people who get vaccinated.

In April, the school encouraged faculty and staff not to get vaccinated and said that if they did, they should social distance from students.

The FDA has authorized the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children 12-15 and is now considering Pfizer’s request that the vaccine be authorized for children 5-11.

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Sources

Insider: “A Florida school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days after each shot, citing a false claim that they'll infect others” 

WSVN: “Miami private school to require students getting COVID vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose”

Centner Academy. “Our Vaccine Policy”

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