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Unvaccinated Kids Are Barred From School in New York and Anti-Vax Parents Aren't Happy


Earlier this summer the state of New York passed sweeping laws that barred children who are not vaccinated from attending class. Amid one of the state's worst measles outbreaks in recent history, New York did away with religious exemptions for children attending school, meaning that only those with valid medical reasons can attend schools unvaccinated. 

The law, which was enacted in June, “prohibits a school from permitting any child to be admitted to such school, or to attend such school, in excess of 14 days without sufficient evidence that the child has received all age-appropriate required vaccinations,” according to the New York Department of Health, Office of Children and Family Services, and the State Education Department. 

That 14-day grace period has since ended, meaning that schools have started barring unvaccinated kids from attending class or removing children from schools to be picked up by a parent. If parents decide to have their children vaccinated, then they can return to school.