NY Eliminates Religious Exemption for Vaccinations 

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For Immediate Release
June 14, 2019 

NY Eliminates Religious Exemption for Vaccinations 

Statement attributable to:
Arthur Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“Yesterday, the New York State Legislature passed a measure that will assure that the only acceptable exception to New York’s vaccination requirements is when there are medical contraindications.   Governor Andrew Cuomo has already signed this measure.  The Medical Society would like to thank all the physicians who took the time to write a letter, make a phone call and take other steps to educate their legislators about the critical importance of this legislation for protecting our public health.

MSSNY would also like to thank the many patient and public health advocacy organizations who also took the time to advocate to their legislators for this needed change.

Most importantly, we thank Assemblymember Jeff Dinowitz, Senator Brad Hoylman and our MSSNY legislative staff Moe Auster and Pat Clancy, for their dogged advocacy in support of this legislation!  Their steadfastness commitment to the measure and to the public health ensures that ALL of New York State children will be protected from vaccine preventable diseases.”

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MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
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