Author: Jim Satney. A New York state Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of a group of parents who objected to Rockland County’s emergency ban on unvaccinated kids. The emergency ban has been a continued point of contention in the region since it was enacted on March 30th. It was set to last 30 days, however, the new ruling has cut the time span short.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s order was intended to stop a measles outbreak. However, the measure was widely considered overreaching and draconian in nature. The ban ordered anyone under the age of 18 who was unvaccinated with a measles vaccine to stay out of public places. This included churches, schools, and even grocery stores.
A county attorney argued that the ban was helping to stop the spread of measles. However, the judge disagreed with the severity of the measure and granted a temporary injunction. The injunction ends the ban, at least temporarily. This gives way to unvaccinated youths to once again visit public places.
Day gave the following statement shortly after the ruling came down:
“While today’s ruling by Judge Thorsen did not go as we had expected I want to commend those here in Rockland who have used this State of Emergency as an opportunity to get vaccinated and have conversations with their friends and neighbors about vaccination. We sought to find a new way to fight back against a disease that was eradicated almost 20 years ago and refused to sit idly by while those in Rockland were put at risk.