NYS removes religious exemptions

NYS: no religious exemptions for immunizations
On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. Due to this change in the law, the district is no longer allowed to accept or approve religious exemptions to immunization. Unless there is a medical contraindication, all children must show proof of having received the required immunizations in order to attend school.

Children who have had a religious exemption must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child daycare, including summer school programs. Also by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses according to the Center for Disease Control’s recommended schedule.

Below, please find several resources from the CDC and NYS, including the 2019-20 Required Immunization Chart for your reference. We will keep you updated as NY State gives us further guidance.

Please contact your child’s principal or school nurse with any questions, or to submit the required immunization and appointment documentation. 

NYS legislation on removal of religious exemptions
FAQ on nonmedical vaccine exemptions
NYS 2019-20 Chart/Guidelines for Immunizations

CDC: Top 4 things parents need to know about Measles
CDC: recommended immunization schedule