Last week, health officials in a suburban New York county banned the unvaccinated from public spaces. Under the state of emergency, unvaccinated children are no longer welcome in public areas due to the threat of measles. The ban has caused a number of protest throughout Rockland County. Some parents are fighting school policies, as well, as the vaccine war continues to get worse.
Lainie Goldstein told the Journal News that her child was asked to not return to school until he receives the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine, in part, includes the measles vaccine.
“I feel like I am being bullied right now to go get vaccinations,” she told the paper. Goldstein was one of 10 parents at a local pediatrician’s office around noon to get their children vaccinated.
Parents packed the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack in protest of the unvaccinated child ban. The protest was named “Rockland County — Unvaccinated Civil Disobedience,” on Facebook’s events.
“This is about healthy people being quarantined and barred from public places,” Rita Palma of Long Island, one of the women who gathered at the mall this morning, told the paper. “People have a right to choose for their own children and make their own decisions.”
Some news outlets are calling the measles outbreak a “crisis.”
Protests are expected to continue over the course of the next 25 days as the ban continues.