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All schoolchildren to be vaccinated in New York as religious exemption is cut

Exemptions to vaccinations are still allowed across 45 states (Picture: Nathan Howard/The Columbian ..

Exemptions to vaccinations are still allowed across 45 states (Picture: Nathan Howard/The Columbian via AP)

Exemptions to vaccinations are still allowed across 45 states (Picture: Nathan Howard/The Columbian via AP)

Following the countrys worst measles outbreak in decades, New York has eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren.

The States Democrat-led Senate and Assembly, voted on Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allowed parents to cite religious beliefs to prevent their child receiving the vaccines required for school enrollment.

The law takes effect immediately, but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show theyve had the first dose of each required immunization.

With New Yorks move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.

The issue is hotly contested, with debate around it often emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered.

FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a Measles, Mumps and Rubella, M-M-R vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. State health officials say the number of measles cases is up in California this year and much of the increase is linked to overseas travel. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, says the state recorded 38 measles cases as of Thursday, April 25, 2019, versus 11 around the same time last year. She says the state typically sees fewer than two dozen cases a year.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

State health officials say the number of measles cases is up in California this year and much of the increase is linked to overseas travel (Picture: AP)

After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of shame!

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The debate has only intensified with this years measles outbreak, which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.

Im not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated, said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bills Assembly sponsor.

If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children … then youre the one choosing not to send your children to school.

A group of anti-vaccine protesters gather in front of Vancouver City Hall prior to the signing of HB 1638 in Vancouver Wash., on Friday, May 10, 2019. Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Inslee. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian via AP)

Anti-vaccine protesters cite religious reasons among others for exempting their children (Picture: The Columbian)

Hundreds of parents of unvaccinated children gathered at New Yorks Capitol for the vote to protest.

Stan Yung, a Long Island attorney and father, said his Russian Orthodox religious views and health concerns about vaccines will prevent him from vaccinating his three young children.

His family, he said, may consider leaving the state.

In this Friday, May 17, 2019 photo, Starr Roden, left, a registered nurse and immunization outreach coordinator with the Knox County Health Department, administers a vaccination to Jonathan Detweiler, 6, at the facility in Mount Vernon, Ohi</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/15/schoolchildren-vaccinated-new-york-religious-exemption-cut-9969583/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p> [contf] [contfnew]         <img src=

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