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Brooklyn, NY - NYC Closes 10th Jewish School For Violating Vaccine Order

Published on: June 11, 2019 02:43 PM
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FILE -  A man walks past a sign outside of health clinic with warnings about measles in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 25 April 2019. EPAFILE -  A man walks past a sign outside of health clinic with warnings about measles in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 25 April 2019. EPA

Brooklyn, NY - New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order.

The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a Hasidic school in the Williamsburg neighborhood, will be closed Tuesday afternoon for violating the stipulations regarding vaccines and vaccination records, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned. It is the 10th Orthodox school in New York City to be closed this year due to the issue, according to a city official with knowledge of the matter.

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Williamsburg, which has a large Orthodox population, has been experiencing a measles outbreak since last year that has infected 588 people in New York City. The city says the outbreak is largely concentrated in the Orthodox community.

In April, the city declared a public health emergency over the outbreak, mandating people in four Williamsburg Zip codes to vaccinate. The city also announced it would be closing schools in Williamsburg that allow unvaccinated students to attend. Nine of the 10 schools closed thus far are in Williamsburg. The 10th is in the borough of Queens.

Orthodox authorities have urged their communities to vaccinate, and advocates of the communities cite data showing that Orthodox vaccination rates in Brooklyn are high. But pockets of resistance to vaccination remain in the community. According to data from the State Department of Education, more than 20 Orthodox schools in Brooklyn had immunization rates lower than 90 percent last year. Experts recommend an immunization rate of at least 95 percent.

Rockland County in New York, home to the heavily Orthodox city of Monsey, also has had a significant number of measles cases. Only about 77 percent of the county is vaccinated, according to state data.

In the case of the Satmar school, the city official said, school officials failed to meet deadlines to provide the city with students’ immunization records. When those records were received, investigations showed that the school was still admitting students and faculty who were not vaccinated.

The school is not being given advance notice that it is being closed so that school administrators will not falsify documents ahead of time.

In order to reopen, the official said, the school must compose a corrective action plan that ensures that it will no longer admit unvaccinated students. Faculty will need to know how to act if an unvaccinated student attends. Before the school reopens, the city will have to approve the school’s plan.

City officials will check back daily to make sure the school remains closed in the interim.



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 Jun 11, 2019 at 03:16 PM hashomer Says:

Satmar might be right vis-a-vis Zionism, but they are wrong here. Shut em down!! Vaccinate your kids or stay home.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 04:22 PM stamnamefortrump Says:

We should just stick the people in and explode the building. Terrible and unjustified to do what these anti vaxxers are doing

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 04:58 PM elyeh Says:

"The school is not being given advance notice that it is being closed so that school administrators will not falsify documents ahead of time."

A shandah that the government has to plan for "falsified documents" - all the while the school administrators are allowing unvaccinated children to potentially cause illness or worse to others.

And this only furthers the Chillul H'shem that the news stories reveal.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 05:07 PM marck Says:

it's important for the readers to understand the situation. I am on the board of one of the schools that were closed. The schools are trying very hard to comply with the vaccination requirements. on the other hand, the phobic, conspiracists parents are fighting the schools with a fanatic ignorance. the school sends home the kids, they send them back with car services. And the game goes on and on, sometimes up to 3 or 4 times a day.

these anti-vaccinators are determined to fight the schools (can't fight the gov, so take it out on the school) until the school will break to pressure. We need to know what we are dealing with.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 06:19 PM Ignorant marck Says:

Reply to #4  
marck Says:

it's important for the readers to understand the situation. I am on the board of one of the schools that were closed. The schools are trying very hard to comply with the vaccination requirements. on the other hand, the phobic, conspiracists parents are fighting the schools with a fanatic ignorance. the school sends home the kids, they send them back with car services. And the game goes on and on, sometimes up to 3 or 4 times a day.

these anti-vaccinators are determined to fight the schools (can't fight the gov, so take it out on the school) until the school will break to pressure. We need to know what we are dealing with.

I get what you are saying but just keep the doors closed and the non vaccinated kids out.
Use of terms such as phobic, conspiracists and fanatic ignorance do not help. My kids are vaccinated but i probably have 10 times the science knowledge and licenses to back it up but I don't call anyine ignorant. I am not sure that there is absolute safety in vaccines so I don't resort to names. The school just has to control access and not call people names.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Call the police to escort these kids home

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 09:16 PM Anti-Vaxx Says:

Reply to #4  
marck Says:

it's important for the readers to understand the situation. I am on the board of one of the schools that were closed. The schools are trying very hard to comply with the vaccination requirements. on the other hand, the phobic, conspiracists parents are fighting the schools with a fanatic ignorance. the school sends home the kids, they send them back with car services. And the game goes on and on, sometimes up to 3 or 4 times a day.

these anti-vaccinators are determined to fight the schools (can't fight the gov, so take it out on the school) until the school will break to pressure. We need to know what we are dealing with.

I don't see why you don't let us send the kids to your schools! Just because I don't love my child enough to vaccinate him doesn't mean you don't have an obligation to educate him.

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

According to Jewish law, it is against Halacha to endanger one's health, as well as the health of others. Yet, these misinformed fools can't seem to understand that contracting measles, is a serious, and sometimes deadly manner. They seem to think, that it is tantamount to catching the common cold! Ignoramuses!

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 Jun 11, 2019 at 11:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Hepatitis B is primarily an STD. Will someone please explain why it is mandated for all children? And to top that is it most often administered on day 1 of a childs life.
There is not a single drug in the world without side effects. This is no different.
This disease is a very small threat to us yet we are mandated to give the vaccine.
If you want to know why people don't trust the system. This is one of them.
Please don't label someone crazy antivaxxer just because they question and don't follow blindly.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 01:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

Satmar might be right vis-a-vis Zionism, but they are wrong here. Shut em down!! Vaccinate your kids or stay home.

Satmar vaccinates! Mayb 10 out of tens of thousands of students are anti vaxers and we all get swamped by those irresponsible people. Horrible!!!

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 04:11 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Hepatitis B is primarily an STD. Will someone please explain why it is mandated for all children? And to top that is it most often administered on day 1 of a childs life.
There is not a single drug in the world without side effects. This is no different.
This disease is a very small threat to us yet we are mandated to give the vaccine.
If you want to know why people don't trust the system. This is one of them.
Please don't label someone crazy antivaxxer just because they question and don't follow blindly.

Because it's difficult to screen all women giving birth for Hep B in a timely manner, the risk profile of the vaccine is low, so it's safer to just give it to all babies.
This particular disease is a "very small threat to us" but how do you write a law that says "vaccinate everyone except frum yidden?"
[of course, if that law were written, we would be demanding the vaccine: how dare we be excluded!]

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Shlomo-1 Says:

Because it's difficult to screen all women giving birth for Hep B in a timely manner, the risk profile of the vaccine is low, so it's safer to just give it to all babies.
This particular disease is a "very small threat to us" but how do you write a law that says "vaccinate everyone except frum yidden?"
[of course, if that law were written, we would be demanding the vaccine: how dare we be excluded!]

That makes for a very weak argument to make it mandatory. The argument that the measles vaccine should be mandatory is because it is highly contagious and puts others at risk.
And FYi it is not that difficult to screen pregnant women for Hep B. We screen preganant women for lots of different diseases and conditions. This is not so much different.
I was not proposing that we make a law that excludes Jews. Believe it or not there are lots of other groups in the US that fall fall into the same category as us in this regard. The vaccine should not be mandated. There are risks involved and we should be able to make our own choices whether we would want this junk injected into our children.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 11:11 AM MyThreeCents Says:

A person is better off contracting the measles than if he had shots, because then he is immune for life. Getting shots goes not give life long immunity. Most people who get the measles in their childhood suffer no ill after affects. I am not pro or con vaccinations, but people should be allowed to take care of their health the way they want and not be forced into getting shots which may cause more harm than the illness itself. Newborns have natural immunity from their nursing mothers for at least 6 months and should not get any vaccinations until 6 mos. of age. Some shots should not be given at all, like hepatitis B which can only be contracted through contaminated blood.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

That makes for a very weak argument to make it mandatory. The argument that the measles vaccine should be mandatory is because it is highly contagious and puts others at risk.
And FYi it is not that difficult to screen pregnant women for Hep B. We screen preganant women for lots of different diseases and conditions. This is not so much different.
I was not proposing that we make a law that excludes Jews. Believe it or not there are lots of other groups in the US that fall fall into the same category as us in this regard. The vaccine should not be mandated. There are risks involved and we should be able to make our own choices whether we would want this junk injected into our children.

So basically, you are pro STD because you think the people who get it deserve it.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 01:31 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Hepatitis B is primarily an STD. Will someone please explain why it is mandated for all children? And to top that is it most often administered on day 1 of a childs life.
There is not a single drug in the world without side effects. This is no different.
This disease is a very small threat to us yet we are mandated to give the vaccine.
If you want to know why people don't trust the system. This is one of them.
Please don't label someone crazy antivaxxer just because they question and don't follow blindly.

I can't give you exact stats on Hep B in the Jewish community or in any community, but it is not at 0. As you stated yourself, it is not only an STD, any blood or fluid transmission can transmit the disease, which is much more likely when you are dealing with newborns. And then especially with bris and metzizah bepeh.
Hepatitis B has a very high prevalence in the Jewish community. While not lethal, it will leave lifelong effects if caught by a baby.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 01:40 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

That makes for a very weak argument to make it mandatory. The argument that the measles vaccine should be mandatory is because it is highly contagious and puts others at risk.
And FYi it is not that difficult to screen pregnant women for Hep B. We screen preganant women for lots of different diseases and conditions. This is not so much different.
I was not proposing that we make a law that excludes Jews. Believe it or not there are lots of other groups in the US that fall fall into the same category as us in this regard. The vaccine should not be mandated. There are risks involved and we should be able to make our own choices whether we would want this junk injected into our children.

We weigh the risks for everything every day - whether consciously or subconsciously: Should I drive a car even though there are millions of car accidents, many of which are fatal; should I pull out before that other car comes from other direction; should i speed up to make that green light; should i wait for crossing sign to cross the street or walk when there is a dont walk red man signal...
All of us have different risk factors and weigh up the risk differently. But this has now become an epidemic crisis. People and schools got away with not vaccinating because the risk factor before was much lower. Due to the epidemic, there is an even much higher risk now, and much more is known with studies and readily available prevalent information, there is little room to even argue about not vaccinating.

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 Jun 12, 2019 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

@ #14 I am in no way pro STD. I am suggesting that for my family I feel that the risks are quite low and feel we would be safer without the vaccine.
@ #15,16 It is foolish to believe that vaccination comes with 0 risk. Not vaccinating my family puts very little risk on others. To make a general statement whether to vaccinate or not gives the industry and government way to much power to decide what goes into your body.
Its important to have the debate on an individual vaccine before stating that you must "vaccinate."
I intentionally chose a single vaccine to demonstrate my point. I'm not certain of the exact figure but children are currently being administered somewhere around 72 vaccines at a relatively young age with more being introduced every day. When I was a child in the 80's it was somewhere around 8-11. Telling someone "you must vaccinate" is writing a blank check to the industry and government to force what they want on you.
And if you believe that the government always has "your" interest in mind then good for you. But the majority of people I speak with on a daily basis know that to not be true no matter what the subject matter.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 12:53 PM wake up people Says:

I would like to wake you all up ppl.... First let me introduce. I was NOT anti vax, but am slowly getting educated on vaccinations and doing some research. The only reason I began doing so was .. seeing and not believing the way pro vacciners were treating and conflicting with anti vaxxers!! Hundred percent if you feel vaccines are safe enough to inject in your kids, do so gladly, but why are you taking in to heart when others don't???!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course such kids shouldn't attend places where it can harm others but except this, there's no reason why in the world they shouldn't have the right to do what they feel it's safe for their children. Did you chap what is going on lately in the yiddisha gossen?? hashem ya'rocheim these tzuris...we heard the last few weeks so so many sudden deaths of young young people!!! WAKE UP YIDDISHA OILEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ISN'T IS OBVIOUS WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING EMERGENCY ???? SOME TIKKIN????? STOP STOP THESE SINNAS CHINIM AND LET EVERYBODY DO WHATEVER THEY DECIDE AS RIGHT (exc. harming others)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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