The city’s Health Department announced Thursday that two Williamsburg schools, Yeshiva Torah V'Yirah and UTA 212, have been closed for not complying with New York City's order for mandated vaccinations.
According to officials, both schools will not be allowed to reopen until the Health Department reviews and approves a submitted corrective action plan that addresses the lapses in complying with the commissioner’s order.
This marks the second time Yeshiva Torah V'Yirah has closed down for violating the order, according to the city. Ten other schools in the city had been closed.
In April, the city ordered mandatory measles vaccinations for every person older than six months in the zip codes 11205, 11206, 11211, and 11249 — all in Williamsburg. The order applies to anyone living, working, or going to school in the area.
Since then, more than 120 people in Williamsburg have been fined for not complying with the order, the city said. They face fines up to $1,000.
The city expanded its mandatory measles vaccination order to Sunset Park in May.
The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reviewing vaccination records of every person who may have been in contact with measles patients. The city said it would help everyone covered by the order get the vaccine if they can't get it quickly through their regular medical provider.
The outbreak in New York City stems from an outbreak that started in October. The outbreak has had the largest impact on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood.