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NYC Mayor Declares Public Health Emergency


NYC Mayor Declares Public Health Emergency

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency and will now mandate vaccines for all people. Those who don’t comply will face a $1,000 fine.

De Blasio’s declaration and vaccine mandate were prompted by the recent measles situation in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section.

The mandate applies to all people who live, work, or attend school in four specific zip codes. This includes children over the age of six months.

The city realizes it can’t technically force the vaccine into the person, therefore, they intend to utilize the threat of a hefty fine. The city is offering to help those who can’t get the required vaccines in fast order.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio and NYC Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot are equally on board with mandates. They believe that the Easter holiday, which will likely prompt travel, could exasperate the spread of measles.

“This message today for all New Yorkers is to take measles seriously,” de Blasio said. “The Department of Health will issue violations and fines to people who remain unvaccinated.”

“There is an organized effort to encourage people to not get vaccinated,” Palacio said.

Officials are warning against parents who choose to take their children to measles parties.

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Last week, a Rockland County New York judge overturned a ban on unvaccinated kids in public places.

Feature Photo by @KevinCase

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.