The administrator of one of the larger schools in Lakewood, NJ, tells Matzav.com that he will continue to refuse entry to students whose parents don’t vaccinate their children.
“There has to be an across-the-board requirement for everyone to be vaccinated,” he said. “It is needed for everyone to remain healthy. You don’t want to vaccinate your child? No problem – just keep your kid home and homeschool them.”
To this administrator and most others, there is no dilemma at all as to whether or not to allow non-vaccinated children to attend school. The answer is obvious, as an infected child can potentially cause even vaccinated children to catch the disease.
The administrator Matzav.com spoke to explained that nothing has changed since a few weeks ago.
“The p’sak of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, as written by Rav Dovid Uri Morgenstern, didn’t change in the course of a month. Rav Elyashiv ruled that it is incumbent on everyone to vaccinate their children, and that mosdos should reject non-vaccinated children because they can infect other children.”
Based on Rav Elyashiv’s ruling, this administrator and others continue to tell their parent bodies to keep any non-vaccinated children home.
“Some are caving to tremendous pressure being applied by individuals – yechidim mamish – who have made a ruckus and keep selling the bogus anti-vaxx agenda,” a staff member from a different school shared. “Thankfully, the overwhelming majority haven’t changed, understanding that vaccinating is a necessity and not something to be decided by those with zero medical knowledge who read a few articles or books and think that they are now experts. Lakewood as a city has a tremendously high rate of vaccinations, and the residents continue to follow the directors of mainstream and leading physicians, including Dr. Reuven Shanik, Dr. Neal Gittleman and others.”
As reported last month on Matzav.com, while some anti-vaxxers claimed that they will pursue legal action against schools that reject their children based on their decision not to vaccinate, they will likely find little legal ground for their arguments.
Retired pharmaceutical CEO and Lakewood askan Dr. Kasriel Roberts, who hired a law firm to explore the legality of schools rejecting students based on their refusal to vaccinate, noted that Cozen O’Connor, a prestigious Philadelphia based law firm, reviewed the pertinent laws and determined that religious schools have the full jurisdiction to exclude any non-vaccinated child, even if the child has a religious exemption, and that there is an extreme likelihood that schools would win any potential lawsuit brought against them by parents of rejected non-vaccinated students. Furthermore, he said, in all probability, the judge would force the plaintiffs to foot the cost of the school’s legal fees and court fees.
Dr. Roberts has also hinted that if a school is taken to court over their rejection of non-vaccinated students, legal representation from top firms may be covered pro-bono.