Cuomo Signs Bill Removing 'Religious Exceptions' For Vaccinating Children
Religious beliefs no longer prevents vaccination of children
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Thursday eliminating religious exceptions for children's vaccination requirements.
The new legislation, which the Assembly voted 77 to 53, removes exemptions from vaccinations due to religious beliefs and amends related portions of the state’s public health law.
According to recent reports, there has been an increased number of measles cases as vaccinations have decreased.
“This is a great step forward in protecting the public health here in New York,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day told reporters.
“This law should lead to a substantial increase in vaccination rates and to improved protection of our most vulnerable residents; infants, the immunocompromised, and those who have legitimate medical issues.”
According to officials, there are 259 confirmed cases of measles in New York’s Rockland County, including 566 verified cases of measles in New York City since September 2018.
Officials estimate it is the worst outbreak in 25 years, reports show.
New Yorkers reportedly support the move to end the exceptions.
According to The Daily Caller: A June 10 Siena College Research Institute poll showed 84% of citizens in the state would like to end religious exemptions to vaccinations, following the massive outbreak of measles in New York.
Measles outbreaks have popped up in other places as well.
Vaccinations rates are low for children who attended one of Google’s child care centers in Silicon Valley.
Only 49 percent of children were wholly vaccinated in one Google day care center in Santa Clara County, California, where the vaccination rate for mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) was 95 percent.
A vaccination rate of 95 percent is required to create what is called herd immunization, which makes it difficult for a disease to metastasize, according to 2015 data from California public health database.
There have been 555 cases of measles in 2019, with 21 individual cases in California, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In May, Health officials issued a warning for those planning to travel to Europe after a significant measles outbreak has now infected 34,000 people from 42 different European countries.
A large number of patients infected with the measles was noted during the first two months of 2019.
Most of the recorded cases are in Ukraine, where several people have died.
The outbreak has now extended to other countries, however, with some patients contracting the strain in the US and Asia.