As I am sure many of you have already heard, on Thursday, June 13, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed legislation to allow only medical exemptions for vaccinations. Governor Cuomo quickly signed this measure into law last night. Today, New York takes a huge step forward in protecting public health and laying the groundwork needed to stem outbreaks of preventable diseases.
NYACP is grateful to every member who participated in last week’s call-to-action to support passage of the vaccination bill, and traveled to Albany to meet with their legislators. NYACP is also especially grateful to the Medical Society of the State of NY for organizing a coalition of over 30 organizations in support of the legislation. The campaign to support the vaccination bill demonstrates how effective physicians can be when we join our voices together.
Thank you again for your support of NYACP and for our advocacy efforts. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in the weeks and months ahead on behalf of our patients and the health of all New Yorkers.
Sincerely, Linda Efferen, MD, MACP NYACP Health and Public Policy Committee Chair
NYACP has commenced an advocacy call-to-action in strong support of NY bills aimed at ending non-medical vaccination exemptions, and more than 70 members and 175 messages have been sent to New York legislators urging them to pass the bill, all in just a few short days.