More than 1,500 Central New York students who had religious exemptions for vaccinations in previous school years could be banned from school in September unless they get their shots, as required under a new state law.
A new report released by the New York State Health Foundation reveals that 1,568 kids from 11 counties in Central New York were not vaccinated during the 2017-2018 school year because of religious exemptions.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in June eliminating a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren in the face of the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. More than 1,000 cases were in New York, mostly in and around New York City.
In Onondaga County, there were 450 religious exemptions for vaccinations out of 72,867 enrolled students during the 2017-2018 school year, according to the report.
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