This week, a group of parents filed a lawsuit against New York City and the health departments “public health emergency” which is demanding people be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, show proof of vaccination or that you have immunity, and if not face a fine and possible jail time. The city also announced that “Although the judge’s ruling was upheld by an Appellate Court last week, Rockland County is planning “to appeal the ruling to a four-judge panel later this week.”2
Since October over 300 people have gotten measles and no one has died. Yet, the campaign to instill fear continues.
But this week, officials also announced that they had closed a child care program for failing to provide access to medical records. (A clear HIPPA violation?)
The United Talmudical Academy, a Jewish school, was closed for “repeatedly failing to provide access to medical and attendance records in violation of an Order of the Health Commissioner.”1 You see, whether or not parents want to share medical records about their children at a private academy, the order requires “child care programs to exclude non-vaccinated students and staff and to maintain medical and attendance records on site and provide health officials with immediate access.”1
Health officials will be monitoring the school and it will not be allowed to reopen until the staff submits a corrective action plan that’s been approved by the health department.
“The affected zip codes are heavily populated with Orthodox Jews, and the mayor sought to get everyone vaccinated before people travel for the Passover, which begins Friday.
Under the order, members of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any person who may have been in contact with infected patients. The city can’t legally physically force someone to get a vaccination, but those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given a violation and could be fined $1,000.”1
They could also be jailed.
Thankfully, between the parent’s lawsuit, RFK Jr.’s help, and the New York Civil Liberties Union’s concern, this issue will be cleared up once and for all.
Executive Director Donna Lieberman issued the following statement:
“Public health law authorizes the city to take action to address public health emergencies through containment and isolation of affected people. The city’s order provides that people will be vaccinated without their consent, an extreme measure which is not provided for in the law and raises civil liberties concerns about forced medical treatment. In addressing this public health crisis, the government is required to pursue the least restrictive means possible to balance individual autonomy with the public health risk. In this case, measures such as a quarantine or penalties for non-vaccination may be permissible, but forced vaccination is not.”1
The United Talmudical Academy is not alone, 23 other yeshivas and daycare programs also received Notice of Violations for not following the school exclusion order.
It is unclear how many cases of measles are current.