senate Bill S2677

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to a religious exemption from vaccination requirements

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee


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Jan 22, 2021 referred to health

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S2677 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§2164 & 2168, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7362

S2677 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides a religious exemption from vaccination requirements for school attendance.

S2677 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2677 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   2677
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 22, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sens. GALLIVAN, BORRELLO -- read twice and ordered print-
   ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
 
 AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to an exemption  from
   certain  vaccination  requirements  for  school  attendance based upon
   religious beliefs

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Section 2164 of the public health law is amended by adding
 a new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
   9. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO CHILDREN WHOSE PARENT, PARENTS,  OR
 GUARDIAN  HOLD  GENUINE AND SINCERE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS WHICH ARE CONTRARY
 TO THE PRACTICES HEREIN REQUIRED, AND NO CERTIFICATE SHALL  BE  REQUIRED
 AS  A  PREREQUISITE  TO  SUCH  CHILDREN  BEING ADMITTED OR RECEIVED INTO
 SCHOOL OR ATTENDING SCHOOL.
   § 2. Subdivision 6 of section  2164  of  the  public  health  law,  as
 amended  by  chapter  35  of  the  laws  of  2019, is amended to read as
 follows:
   6. In the event that a person in parental relation to  a  child  makes
 application  for  admission  of  such  child  to a school or has a child
 attending school and there exists no  certificate  or  other  acceptable
 evidence  of  the  child's  immunization  against  poliomyelitis, mumps,
 measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B,  pertussis,  teta-
 nus,  and, where applicable, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), menin-
 gococcal disease, and  pneumococcal  disease,  the  principal,  teacher,
 owner  or person in charge of the school shall inform such person of the
 necessity to have the child immunized, that  such  immunization  may  be
 administered by any health practitioner, or that the child may be immun-
 ized  without charge by the health officer in the county where the child
 resides, if such person executes a consent therefor. In the  event  that
 such  person does not wish to select a health practitioner to administer
 the immunization, he or she shall be provided with a  form  which  shall
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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