A judge in New York has declined to immediately rule on whether to let unvaccinated children go back to school as their parents challenge the state’s elimination of religious exemptions to vaccines.
The state requires all students be vaccinated, but until recently made an exception for those whose parents objected on religious grounds. That exemption was repealed in June amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades.
On Wednesday, lawyers for some of the parents sought an order that would block the change from being enforced. There was no immediate decision.
It’s unclear when Judge Denise Hartman will rule on the injunction request.
Lawmakers did away with the non-medical exemptions in June following the biggest measles outbreak in more than 25 years. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in New York.