De Blasio: Schools that don’t comply with vaccination order will remain closed

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April 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio put his foot down on Friday, reminding those four schools that were shuttered Thursday for allegedly failing to turn over measles records, that they would stay closed until the outbreak was brought under control.


The yeshivas in Brooklyn where the vaccinations are a problem, were closed for the Passover holiday. The mayor made it very clear that after the one week break, those schools will still not reopen without proof of the vaccinations.

"We're not letting up here, and I want everyone who can hear me in Williamsburg to understand that this is very serious stuff and we're going to more and more and be more and more aggressive until this crisis is over," he said.

The mayor said he doesn't want to keep kids out of school, but said the city had to prioritize preventing the spread of a potentially deadly disease.

Emergency orders to vaccinate in four Brooklyn zip codes that include Williamsburg was upheld in court on Thursday. A judge tossed out a lawsuit challenging it.

As of Thursday there were 359 cases of measles in the city.

Summonses went out this week to at least three families for 'flouting' the emergency vaccination order.

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