The NJ Assembly passed a bill eliminating the religious exemption from vaccines. However, the State Senate was short a vote or two forcing them to postpone the vote. The bill was postponed till Jan 9th.
Last week New Jersey Senate committees voted to advance a bill that would remove the religious exemption on vaccines.
The bill comes following a measles outbreak in Orthodox Jewish areas. Fact is most Orthodox Jews vaccinate. In Lakewood, estimates have it at over 95% of the population. Additionally, most leading Rabbinic leaders require vaccinations however a few oppose – most notably Harav Malkiel Kotler and Harav Elya Ber Wachtfogel.
Regardless, Pro Vaccination Rabbanim are against this bill noting once we allow the Government to remove religious exemptions, we never know where it can end. (What will stop them from halting security funding for schools or institutions with separate seating etc…)
Rabbanim are so opposed to this bill that Harav Shmuel Meir Katz – one of Lakewood’s leading Poskim, spent one day ;last week in Trenton advocating against the bill.
The Agudah (pro-vaxxers) and all Gedolim associated with them are against the religious exemption bill. Dr Roberts is pro the bill.