Immunization Victory! New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation Thursday, June 13, 2019, to end religious exemptions for vaccines. The legislation comes as the U.S. grapples with one of its worst outbreaks of measles in years.
Cuomo signed the bill almost immediately after the New York state Senate and Assembly advanced the measure. “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe. This administration has taken aggressive action to contain the measles outbreak, but given its scale, additional steps are needed to end this public health crisis,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.”
The governor’s office argued that this measure would help protect the public amid an ongoing measles outbreak.
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