NYC health officials are closing a day care center in Brooklyn for refusing to provide vaccine records

The NYC health department closes a day care center in Brooklyn for refusing to provide vaccination data, while the measles rise to 329

  • United Talmudical Academy has around 250 children from three to five years old and ten teachers
  • It is located in Williamsburg, one of the neighborhoods most affected by the current measles outbreak
  • New York City has registered 329 cases of measles since October, last week of 285
  • City administrators said they had been to United five times in the last week, but that they could not reach an agreement, so that the school was trapped

Health officials in New York City closed a day care center in Brooklyn after the school had refused to provide medical records to confirm that all their children had been vaccinated.

United Talmudical Academy, with around 250 children from three to five years old and ten teachers, is based in Williamsburg, one of the neighborhoods most affected by the current measles outbreak.

A state of emergency was declared last week and all schools in four zip codes, including Williamsburg, were instructed to exclude all unvaccinated children from the site and confirm that all children were under the Ministry of Health.

But the directors at United were not satisfied and on Monday, after a further 15 percent increase in the incidence of measles, it became the first center to have been squeezed by health authorities since the state of emergency was ordered.

& # 39; This is a direct violation of the commissioner's order that non-vaccinated students should be excluded & # 39 ;, said Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot in a statement.

& # 39; The school may re-open if they convince us that they are able to consistently keep students in school at school who must stay in school and keep students away from school who should not be in school. & # 39 ;

Barbot added: & # 39; We recognize that school closures can potentially cause hardships for families, and that is not our intention, but if a school is unable and unwilling, we will definitely close them. & # 39;

New York City has now recorded 329 cases of measles since October, until 285 when the state of emergency was declared on April 9.

In an effort to curb the outbreak, health officials try to track down anyone who may have been in contact with people who have measles.

Their data shows that two measles patients have connections with United Talmudical Academy.

Barbot said the officials visited the school five times in an attempt to work with them, but he says their offer was rejected.

United is no stranger to health authorities; teachers also refused to provide vaccination data in 2017.

But parents fear other institutions will follow as city officials work to impose mayor Bill de Blasio's state of emergency.

On Monday, the Blasio dismissed the lawsuit filed by Californian anti-vaxxer lawyer Robert F Kennedy on behalf of five Orthodox Jewish mothers in Brooklyn who opposed the vaccine mandate.

& # 39; We have great confidence in our legal position & # 39 ;, said the Blasio during a press conference, the New York Post said.

& # 39; When I announced it Tuesday, I said that … this is something [city] Law Department feels very strong and that everything done here falls entirely within our legal rights. & # 39;