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NY bill removes vaccine exemptions without public hearing

Analysis by Barbara Loe Fisher Fact Checked

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  • June 13, 2019, the New York legislature quickly pushed a bill (A2371) to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination through both the Assembly and Senate in one day with no public hearings
  • The unprecedented legislative coup, which cut the citizens of New York out of participating in the law-making process, culminated in the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, immediately signing the bill into law
  • The bill’s sponsors justified the action based on more than 800 cases of measles reported in several New York City neighborhoods since September 2018
  • However, there have been no cases of measles reported among children attending school with religious exemptions, and 97% of children attending kindergarten in New York in the 2017-2018 school year had received two doses of MMR vaccine
  • Fully vaccinated children and adults can get wild type measles and infect others without showing any symptoms, as the MMR vaccine strains no longer match currently circulating wild type measles strains

On June 13, 2019, the New York legislature quickly pushed a bill (A2371) to repeal the religious exemption to vaccination through both the Assembly and Senate in one day with no public hearings.

The unprecedented legislative coup, which cut the citizens of New York out of participating in the law making process, culminated in the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo immediately signing the bill into law. The Assembly narrowly voted 77 to 53 to approve the bill, after passing with a margin of only one vote out of the Assembly Health Committee, and then the Senate approved the bill 36 to 26.


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