Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Williamsburg Residents Could Face Forcible Vaccinations

Health officials may forcibly inject residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who flout a mandatory vaccination order, a City Hall spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

“We will consider [forcible vaccinations] on a case-by-case basis,” said mayoral spokeswoman Marcy Miranda, adding that the drastic measure is “not our first choice.”

City officials announced a public health emergency over the outbreak following the diagnoses of 285 cases of measles since October.

Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot signed an order Tuesday that requires around 212,000 people who live and work in Williamsburg and aren’t already immune to measles to be vaccinated within 48 hours. Violators will face a $1,000 fine.

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