UPDATED 10:02 AM – Monday, April 8, 2019
A ban preventing unvaccinated children from going to public places in one New York county has been overturned.
On Friday, a judge ruled that children in Rockland County who had not received their measles, mumps and rubella vaccine could go out in public again. This was part of a countywide effort to tackle a measles outbreak that has spread to at least 150 people.
Rockland County had planned on banning any unvaccinated person under 18 from going to public spaces for a month or until they received a vaccine. Parents could have also been prosecuted for not vaccinating their children.
“We owe this to the residents of this great county, so we never ever have to go through this again,” said Rockland County executive Ed Day. “We must do everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated.”
New York is one of several states that allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for personal or religious reasons, but lawmakers recently proposed a bill to close this loophole.