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NJ Council Member Proposes Required Proof Of Vaccination In Recreation Programs, Activities

April 12, 2019 - 7:56 am

TEANECK, N.J.  (WCBS 880) -- Teaneck's council has asked the township health commissioner for a recommendation on a requirement that residents show proof of vaccination in order to participate in recreation programs or activities.

According to Councilman Keith Kaplan, "you can't force people to put a needle in their arm, but you can force them not to use a program if they don't show proof of the vaccine."

Currently, proof of vaccination is required at the pre-K program and summer camps run by the township Recreation Department, but other recreation programs that take place in the Richard Rodda Community Center do not.

Kaplan is considering steps to try to contain the measles outbreak. 

“We have a lot of seniors who may not have immunity, and they are showing up in clustered areas in a building where it could be a real problem,” Kaplan said. “Thankfully it’s not a problem yet, but the time to discuss these things is before it’s an issue.”