Daily News: Mayor de Blasio declared a public health emergency over the measles outbreak in Brooklyn’s Jewish community today, mandating vaccinations for people living in certain Williamsburg zip codes to stem the crisis.
People found not to be vaccinated could result in fines up to $1000.
“There’s no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I urge everyone, especially those in affected areas, to get their MMR vaccines to protect their children, families and communities.”
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio warned parents not that not vaccinating their children not only endangers their own offspring, but puts other children at risk.
“When people choose not to get their children vaccinated, they are putting their children and others – such as pregnant women, people on chemotherapy, and the elderly – at risk of contracting measles. The City has worked aggressively to end this outbreak, and today’s declaration of a public health emergency and new vaccine mandate, in combination with the blanket Commissioner’s Orders for yeshivas, ensures we are using every tool to protect New Yorkers,” Palacio said.