Legislators(or Lawmakers) in the state of New York voted to abolish religious exemptions for school vaccinations for children as a result of the state’s measles epidemic.
The law was passed Thursday night and led to chaotic scenes in the state building where anti-vaccination supporters clashed with Legislators.
The measles epidemic is largely concentrated in the Jewish Orthodox communities of the state.
Measles has been diagnosed in more than 1,000 Americans in 2019. Health authorities have indicated that the disease is widespread.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the country that had actually eliminated measles in 2000 could lose its “measles elimination status”, with victims reaching their highest level in the world. 27 years old.
The new New York law, passed by senators and state legislators, prohibits parents from demanding religious exemptions that would allow their children to not receive the vaccines normally needed in schools.
“I am not aware of any text in the Bible, or Koran suggesting compulsory vaccination,” said New York State legislator Jeffrey Denowitz.
“We provide scientific information on vaccine misinformation and we support the right of children, pregnant women, infants and adults to obtain vaccines that give them immunity,” said Senator Brad Howellman.
“The science is pretty clear, the vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children healthy,” said Gov. Andrew Como, who signed the bill just hours after it was passed by lawmakers.
About three-quarters of state-reported cases of measles occurred among Orthodox Jews in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, New York City.
The states of California, Mississippi, West Virginia and Maine have banned non-medical exemptions for schoolchildren.
Similar exemptions remain in the other 45 states, but some lawmakers have begun to try to prevent them.
As the law was passed, protesters rallied in Albany to voice their opposition to the bill and chanted the word “shame,” while others insulted lawmakers.
The law states that students must prove that they have received all the required vaccinations and give them 30 days to go to school. Without this proof, students may be prevented from registering.
Health officials shut down two schools in Williamsburg after inspections revealed they had allowed unvaccinated students to attend classes.
Until the beginning of the American vaccination campaign in the 1960s, thousands of children were infected, with the disease that sometimes fatal, each year.