Cuomo: Ending Exemption for Vaccines ‘Legally Questionable’ - NBC New York

Cuomo: Ending Exemption for Vaccines ‘Legally Questionable’

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    Measles Outbreak Spreads to Westchester County

    The measles outbreak has spread to Westchester County, with eight confirmed cases among children who have not been vaccinated. Rana Novini reports.

    (Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Cuomo says legislation that would end ability to object to vaccinations for their children on religious grounds is "legally questionable"

    • Cuomo called the recent surge in measles cases a serious public health concern

    • But Cuomo also said eliminating the religious exemption to school vaccine requirements could face a First Amendment challenge.

    New York's governor says legislation that would end the ability of parents to object to vaccinations for their children on religious grounds is "legally questionable."

    During interviews this week, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the recent surge in measles cases a serious public health concern but said eliminating the religious exemption to school vaccine requirements could face a First Amendment challenge.

    The bill hasn't been scheduled for a vote in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. Current law also allows parents to exempt their children for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system.

    Supporters of the bill to eliminate the religious exemption note that California successfully repealed its exemption for personal or philosophical reasons in 2015.

    Lawmakers in other states are considering similar moves following increases in measles cases.

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