A new state law eliminates exemptions for children to be unvaccinated in public schools.

News 12 Westchester reports that starting on Friday, September 20, 2019, children who are unvaccinated due to religious exemption will not be allowed to attend public schools in New York State. This law was passed in June 2019 following one of the largest measles outbreaks in the state.

According to News 12 Westchester, the law eliminates religious exemptions from vaccines like the measles, mumps, and rubella. If your child is not vaccinated, they cannot attend public schools. New York is the fifth state in the U.S. to eliminate exemptions for anything other than a necessity for vaccinations.

News 12 Westchester reports that when the law was passed in June 2019, parents of unvaccinated children had a 14-day grace period from the start of school to show they took the measures to comply with vaccination laws. They also had to show that their children had received the minimum first age-appropriate dose of each vaccination.

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