Dear Rockland BOCES Parents and Guardians:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a public health emergency announced today by Rockland County Executive Ed Day. Starting at midnight tonight, any individual under 18 and unvaccinated against measles will be barred from public places. According to county officials, the ban will remain in effect until the State of Emergency declaration expires in 30 days, or until the unvaccinated individual receives the MMR vaccine.
March 28, 2019 UPDATE: The Emergency Declaration announced on Tuesday, March 26 by County Executive Ed Day has been amended to repeal the four-day waiting period for the MMR vaccine.
Locations included in the countywide ban include shopping centers, restaurants, schools and places of worship. Outdoor gathering places are not included, according to county officials. Noncompliance carries penalties of six months in jail or a $500 fine, although local law enforcement will not seek proof of vaccination.
County health officials expect enforcement to be handled by parents and guardians, noting that “parents will be held accountable.”
According to the New York State Department of Health, the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine has been highly successful in eliminating the disease. Additionally, New York State Public Health Law Section 2164 requires all students who attend public school be age-appropriately immunized.
In the days ahead, Rockland BOCES will continue to work closely with the Rockland County Department of Health.
Please contact the nurse in your child’s individual school with any health-related questions.
Dr. Mary Jean Marsico
Chief Operating Officer