Officials from Rockland County, New York, took the exclusive step today to ban unvaccinated minors from entering public places. If vaccine-preventable diseases continue to inflame in the pockets of unvaccinated people across the country, these types of bans may become the new norm.
The ban is part of the county's efforts to limit the spread of measles, affecting 153 people – mostly unvaccinated children under the age of 18. distribution. Since the outbreak of Rockland, nearly 17,000 people in the county have received vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella, and unvaccinated children have been banned by local schools, a New York State Department of Health said.
Fighting the spread of measles has stopped, however, according to a press briefing for the Rockland County press today. "As this epidemic continues, our inspectors have begun to cope with increasing resistance from those who are trying to protect themselves," says Ed Day, District Officer at the briefing. The county is now taking more drastic measures to declare a state of emergency that will ban unvaccinated children from all public places starting at midnight tonight.
Prisoners are not the target, Day says, "This is not something we want to do." Instead, the goal is to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines in the county where measles spread over the last six months, especially among Orthodox Jewish communities. "We are doing it in such a way that we simply draw attention at this stage so that people understand the seriousness of what they are doing – and not doing," he says.