2nd Circuit upholds denial of vaccination exemption

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Caviezel v. Great Neck Public Schools, (2d Cir., Oct. 12, 2012), the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court and rejected parents’ constitutional challenges to New York’s denial to them of a religious exemption from the requirement their children be vaccinated in order to attend public schools.  The 2nd Circuit found no clear error in the trial court’s conclusion that plaintiffs had failed to show a genuine and sincere religious belief which would prohibit vaccinations.