NYVIC (New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice)

.
   

 

 

Vaccination Bills in 2005 NYS Legislature

NYS Legislative Update - August 2005

Freedom of Religion and the 31+ Question Test  
Parents Claiming Religious Exemptions Are Harassed
Letter to NY State Senator Urging Passage of Vaccination/Patient Rights Bills
Letter to NY Assembly Member Urging Passage of Vaccination/Patient Rights Bills

Contact Info - NY Assembly Members and State Senators 

Dear Friends, 

Thanks to the enlightened leadership of Assembly Member Dick Gottfried and State Senator Frank Padavan, NYers concerned about religious freedom and patient rights regarding mandated vaccination have the opportunity to support the restoration of some of our rights and freedoms. To do this, you are urged to act immediately to support the two bills they have introduced which would amend the present vaccination laws:

The first bill, the "Religious Exemption" bill, is intended to protect people in the free exercise of their religion from inappropriate and intrusive inquiry into their religious beliefs by government authorities. The parents (or guardians), or the adult student, may file an affidavit stating that he/she/they hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of vaccination, without being subject to further inquiry.

People who have experienced excessive intrusion are particularly encouraged to speak up. The Senate bill number is S4693. The bill in the Assembly is A08383. 

The second bill, the "Physician Prevail" bill, is intended to ensure that the professional judgment of a studentís physician or nurse practitioner will prevail concerning immunization of the student. It would be particularly helpful if MDs and NPs weighed in with their support.

The Senate bill number is S4692. The bill in the Assembly is A08382.

Senator Padavan has introduced his bills without circulating for sponsorship; however, Senators can still sign on to them. It is particularly important for constituents to contact members of the Health Committees, as this is where the the bills will be first, before going to the floor for a vote. Health committee members are listed below.

Under the present circumstances, even if your child's religious exemption to vaccination has been "granted," there is no guarantee that it will remain as such. Parents have reported to NYVIC that when their child has moved on to middle or high school, their status has been subject to review and that there is increasing questioning of the "sincerity" of their religious beliefs. 

NYS bills submitted over years 

2007 Vaccination Bills in NYS Legislature (plus legislator contact info)
 

       
  

What is the future of our Vaccination Decisions Support Group? Answers, (such as they are) will be posted here.

Audio and Video Vaccination Related Links

Trading chickenpox for shingles? Research published in the International Journal of Toxicology. 

  

     

  
Home
   Search   Health & Disease   Law   News   Support   Resources   Latest pages   Forum   Subscribe to Updates

Contact New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice