Members of the Beis Din of Crown Heights Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun issued a letter on Erev Shabbos calling on the public to vaccinate.
The letter comes in response to the reported outbreak of a measles in Crown Heights, causing concern to many residents, visitors and medical professionals.
“In accordance with the known instructions of the Rebbe in Igros Kodesh etc., both in general, that in all matters of medicine one must do according to the instructions of specialist physicians, and regarding immunization in particular, that they are a matter of routine procedure and one should not act different than the community in this regard,” the Rabbis wrote.
“We urge all to act according to the instructions of the majority of expert qualified physicians, who are authorized by the government, as per the ruling of Shulchan Aruch.”
Congregation Lubavitch, a Chabad synagogue that shares a building with Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo on Norton Street in New Haven, Connecticut, is taking a stand to protect the health of its congregants.
The shul has been contacted by the New Haven Health Departement regarding the outbreak of the viral measles infection in New Haven County as well in New York.
“We therefore ask anyone who chooses not to vaccinate themselves or their children not to attend services or any community events until this health crisis has ended,” shul’s president Moti Sandman publicly asked.
On Friday, The Gedaliah Society, a network of Chabad medical professionals in Crown Heights, stated that it was “important for every child, man and woman in this community to make sure they have received two MMR vaccines.”