NYC Criminalizes Religious, Medical Objections to Vaccinating

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The City of New York ordered Jewish yeshiva schools to ban non-vaccinated students in December, but one did not comply. Department of health officials said that lack of compliance is linked to more than 40 measles cases. Mayor Bill de Blasio vows harsher crack downs, (and) "we’re going to have inspectors out. We have clear penalties, clear sanctions,” he said. (NBC News photo)

CBS News – New York City officials are cracking down on schools in Brooklyn that allow unvaccinated children to attend, telling them to comply or be shut down.

Neighborhood officials said the vast majority of Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg are vaccinated, but because the community is so tightly knit, just a small number of anti-vaxers is allowing this outbreak to grow, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported Monday.

“There is no religious exemption on measles,” said Gary Schlesinger, CEO of Parcare Community Health Network. “All rabbis, all prominent rabbis have issued proclamations that everyone should vaccinate.”

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