Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements

New Law Will Protect Public Health in the Midst of Ongoing Measles Outbreak

Follows Extensive Efforts by State Health Department to Contain Measles Outbreak in Pockets of the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.2994A/A.2371), sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis. As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

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