New York City Health Department Blatantly Breaks the Law, Denies Valid, Legal No-Vax Medical Exemptions

By: Sarah

There is a growing movement afoot across the United States to remove the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children or even delay them through an alternative vaccination schedule as determined by their pediatrician.

The misguided reason?

That the miniscule number of parents who choose to delay vaccines or not vaccinate at all is somehow “endangering” fully vaccinated children. This despite evidence of dramatically declining vaccine efficacy since the mid 1990′s and covered up by vaccine manufacturers (currently being played out in the courts via class action lawsuits) and a populace where at least 50% hasn’t had a booster shot for measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), polio etc. in decades.

With vaccine-induced immunity lasting only 2 to 10 years at most, this translates into at least half the population, that is the baby boomers and early Generation X’ers, having no vaccine-induced immunity against any of the diseases for which they had been vaccinated as children and young adults. In essence, 50% or even more of the population has been unprotected for decades.

So much for herd immunity – the Holy Grail of vaccination advocates who insist upon the idea that 95% (and some now say 100%) of the population must be vaccinated to prevent an epidemic. The truth is that we have all lived for at least 30 to 40 years with 50% or less of the population having any vaccine protection whatsoever.

Nowhere is this medical fascism more oppressive than New York City, where since 2012, the ability of parents to utilize valid medical exemptions to gain entry for immuno-compromised children into the public school system has been brought to a virtual standstill with denial of religious exemptions not far behind.

The denial of valid medical exemptions was initiated when the New York City Health Department arbitrarily decided that 98.8% of children must be fully immunized per school building. That translates to capping religious and medical exemptions at 1.2% and denying any exemptions beyond that level even if legitimate and legal.

New York City has proven heavy-handed in enforcement of the 98.8% goal (perhaps a Nanny Bloomberg dictate?), breaking the law in a variety of ways – denying parents waivers for valid medical and religious exemptions, due process, translators, first amendment freedoms and the list goes on according to New York City parent advocate Rita Palma of

To illustrate the severity of the situation, I am publishing two documents below.  The first document is a warning letter from the New York City Department of Health to a school principal that stresses the need for the school to achieve 98.8% compliance or else.

As the 2012-2013 school year resumes, I wanted to provide you with an update on our progress  towards  achieving this  year’s  goal  of  assuring  that  at  least  98.8%  of  New  York  City’s  school  children are appropriately immunized.  New York State Public Health Law (PHL) §2164 mandates that all children, with the exception of those with a valid medical or religious exemption, meet the immunization requirements in order to attend school.  As of November 8, 2012, 94.96% of New York City public school children are completely immunized based on the current requirements.  This is the highest compliance level we have ever reached this early in the school year.

School immunization data will be reviewed again on December 10, 2012. At that time principals of those schools failing to demonstrate significant progress toward the 98.8% goal will receive a “Second Warning Letter”, an indication that they are in violation of New York State Law.

As a reminder, school principals are accountable for their school’s compliance ….

What is a principal to do if more than 1.2% of the students at the school have valid religious or medical exemptions?

Why deny some exemptions of course even if they are perfectly legal and valid. This is exactly what is happening as shown by the second document below – a notarized affidavit from a pediatrician stating that one of his patients should not be immunized for any reason due to her severely compromised immune system resulting from the following conditions: gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), GERD, failure to thrive, chronic yeast infections, environmental/respiratory allergies, food dye sensitivities/reactions, metal sensitivities/reactions, fatigue syndrome, and elevated homocysteine enteritis.

The affidavit from the pediatrician went on to state that the child had experienced adverse reactions to vaccinations in the past and that to vaccinate this child further would not only be detrimental to her health but threaten her very life.

Despite the detail of the severity of this child’s health situation and the sworn affidavit going far and beyond the letter of the law, this medical exemption was outrageously denied by the New York Health Department.

That’s right.  Government bureaucrats now think they know better than your family Pediatrician what’s good for your child. Sounds like the health insurance paper pushers deciding what medical procedures will and won’t be covered despite the recommendations of your physician, doesn’t it?

What to do for New York City parents who seek or have already been denied a valid medical or religious exemption? There’s always private school or homeschooling, but if this isn’t an option for you, visit Rita Palma’s No Shots, No School, Not Quite blog to find out how to navigate the increasingly murky waters of a New York Health Department that has clearly lost it’s way by denying basic Constitutional and human freedoms to the communities it is supposed to serve.

Warning Letter to New York City Principal

Warning letter from NYC Dept of Health to School Principal

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician Denied by New York City Health Department

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrican

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician page 2

Notarized Affidavit from Pediatrician page 3Picture Credit


Please send an e-mail to Jane R Zucker to protest this appalling violation of parental rights!

Your message can be strongly worded but please refrain from being abuse no matter how angry you may be!

Jane R Zucker MD, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Immunization NYC


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