With the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years taking place in the United States and numerous cases of the disease in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 13 signed a bill into law that immediately removed the religious exemption for school vaccination requirements.
Per the amendment to Public Health Law Section 2164, children who attend daycare or public, private or parochial school who do not have the required immunizations face a deadline of 14 days from the first day of school in September for their first dose vaccinations.
In the Liberty Central School District, the last day students who have not met the new vaccination requirements will be able to attend school is Monday, Sept. 23.
The new law prohibits Liberty students who have not met the new vaccination requirements from attending school on or after Tuesday, Sept. 24.
State law requires parents/guardians to give their school an immunization record that shows their child has received, or has appointments to receive the required vaccines in order to attend school. This record may be from a health care provider, health department, or an official immunization record from the child’s former school. The record must include:
- the name of the vaccine,
- the date the vaccine was given, and
- who gave it, along with their title; or where it was given if at a clinic.
Please contact your health care provider to make sure your child has what they need to attend school.
The medical exemption for vaccine requirements remains in effect.