Provides that persons in parental relation to a child refusing to immunize such child for religious reasons, shall file with the school an affidavit signed by a physician, stating that such physician has explained to the parent, parents or guardian the risks to the child and to other individuals of failure to immunize the child.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
April 20, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. SIMOTAS, McDONALD, BUCHWALD, SKOUFIS -- Multi-
Sponsored by -- M. of A. ARROYO, McDONOUGH -- read once and referred
to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health
in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged,
bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the religious
exemption from mandatory immunization of a child
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 2164 of the public health law, as
2 amended by chapter 401 of the laws of 2015, is amended to read as
4 9. This section shall not apply to [children] a child whose parent,
5 parents, or guardian hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which
6 are contrary to the practices [herein] required by this section, and no
7 certificate shall be required as a prerequisite to such [children] child
8 being admitted or received into school or attending school. Provided,
9 however, that the exemption granted by this subdivision shall only apply
10 to a child whose parent, parents or guardian has submitted to the
11 school, which the child is to be admitted or attends, an affidavit,
12 signed by a physician licensed pursuant to article one hundred thirty-
13 one of the education law and authorized to administer immunizations,
14 stating that such physician has informed and discussed with such parent,
15 parents or guardian the medical risks to the child and to other individ-
16 uals of failing to be immunized in accordance with this section, based
17 upon information relating thereto issued by the federal Centers for
18 Disease Control.
19 § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
20 have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.