Albany, NY- Parents of children who stand firm with religious exemptions for vaccines showed their frustration Monday in Albany in form of protest.
The Associated Press is reporting that hundreds of parents demonstrated their thoughts and reactions in front of the state education building, attempting to voice their side of the issue to state officials with hopes of receiving a delay of the exemption elimination. In June, state lawmakers voted to ban religious exemptions for children getting vaccines.
The decision was made while one of the worst measles outbreaks in decades was spreading statewide, however; with most cases reported within the New York City area. Prior to this ban, families that hold religious related concerns were allowed to send their children to school without getting vaccines.
Now, under this new ban, that’s not an excuse anymore for New York families.
The only exemptions that are still available now pertain to medical related reasons. Authorities say some parents expressed their reactions that this law will force them to home-school their children or give them no option but to move out of state.