With an ongoing measles outbreak hitting the state, New York is now requiring all school children to be vaccinated, regardless of religious objections.
The legislation was signed Thursday by Governor Andrew Cuomo after it passed in the Senate and Assembly, and goes into effect immediately. It outlaws the use of any nonmedical exemptions to avoid vaccinations.
It will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days to show that they’ve started the required vaccines. California, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Maine have all already outlawed nonmedical exemptions.
The bill has passed after the New York City Health Department recently had to close two private schools in Williamsburg. The schools failed to comply with a recent emergency health order. The Health Department has closed 11 schools in total over vaccine-related issues this year so far.
Measles is highly contagious and potentially life-threatening for infants and babies, pregnant women, and those who are immunocompromised.