Parents living within the Brooklyn Postal Codes, who are being treated by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mayor's Declaration on Public Health, are seeking a restraining order to prevent prescribed vaccinations from taking effect.
The lawsuit against the New York Department of Health called the emergency ordinance "arbitrary and capricious" and the measures it required "drastically."
The ordinance requires the vaccination of all persons over 6 months living, working or attending school in the specified Williamsburg postcodes.
The defendants argued that "there is insufficient evidence of a measles epidemic or a dangerous outbreak to justify forced vaccinations," and they accused the city of not having taken the least restrictive measures to stop the outbreak ,
Meanwhile, the Department of Health announced it had closed the United Talmudical Academy at Ross Street 75 in Williamsburg because it had "repeatedly failed to provide access to health and attendance records in violation of a Health Commissioner's ordinance." ,
The decree requires childcare programs to exclude unvaccinated students and staff, keep medical records and attendance records on the ground, and provide immediate access to health authorities.
Officials say that the Academy has not granted access to these records so they can not determine if the school has excluded children and staff.
Health officials say they will monitor the school to make sure the closure request is followed, and the center may not be reopened until its employees submit a corrective action plan approved by the department.
"These outbreaks should not happen," said Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio. "We should not have measles outbreaks in the United States, point, point."
De Blasio called the measles "a very serious situation" and explained the "danger of this disease and how contagious it is".
The affected postcodes are heavily populated with Orthodox Jews, and the mayor wanted everyone to be vaccinated before people travel to the Passover, which starts on Friday.
"To make sure it's a good holiday, we need to make sure people are protected," said de Blasio.
On assignment, members of the Municipal Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will review the vaccination records of anyone who may have come into contact with infected patients. The city can not legally force anyone to get a vaccine, but those who have not received an MMR vaccine or immunity certificate can be convicted and pay a fine of US $ 1
The order raises questions about the lawfulness of vaccine procurement, and New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman made the following statement:
"The Health Act authorizes the city to take emergencies by controlling public health and the isolation of those affected: The order of the city provides that people are vaccinated without their consent, an extreme measure, which is not provided for in the law, and raises the civil rights to concern about a forced medical treatment To individual autonomy with the In order to reconcile the risks to public health, measures are needed that are as restrictive as possible, in which case measures such as quarantine or penalties for non-vaccination are allowed, whereas forced vaccination is not. "
Since the beginning of the outbreak in the Last October there were 329 cases, w But it is unclear how many cases are current. There have been no deaths and only three measles-related deaths in the past two decades, but health officials say there were complications at the time of the current outbreak, including 25 hospital admissions.
In addition, 23 Yeshivas and day care programs received notification of violations because they did not follow the school disclaimer. The United Talmudical Academy is the first program that has been closed.
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