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Public calls for bill to end non-medical vaccine exemptions

May 29, 2019 1:45 pm
Amanda Eisenberg is reporting for Politico New York a group of young cancer patients and survivors appeared at a press conference in Manhattan, May 28, and called upon the state Legislature to approve a long-stalled bill to end non-medical exemptions for vaccinations. Without a law that ends non-medical exemptions, those with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of infection. “We don’t deserve to be punished. We didn’t do anything wrong,” Teela Wyman, a 26-year-old law student and stage 4 lymphoma survivor, said. “This is such a small thing. These diseases are preventable." The bill has stalled in the Assembly health committee and Senate Democrats so far seem reluctant to pass it alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week he supports a bill to end the non-medical exemptions. “This is a public health crisis and it’s worse in New York than any other state,” Cuomo told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. “And I think we should pass a bill. You have a right to your religious beliefs, you don’t have a right to infect my child.” MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting Rockland County Executive Edwin Day issued his third declaration of a local state of emergency on May 28. The newest declaration will remain in effect through June 24. Since the measles outbreak began in October 2018, more than 21,000 vaccinations have been given in Rockland County, the epicenter of the epidemic. Day urged everyone “to follow the health department’s advice; get vaccinated against the measles, and if you are sick with measles please stay home.”
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