There have been multiple Measles outbreaks in the U.S. recently, including one in New York City. In response to the outbreaks, the city’s Health Department issued a mandatory vaccination order requiring unvaccinated people in affected neighbourhoods to get the MMR vaccine, unless they could otherwise show they had immunity to Measles. Despite the order, several individuals refused to get vaccinated. Now the city is issuing summonses. 12 people so far have been cited for noncompliance.
It is sad that New York City felt compelled to swing the big stick, but antivaxxers have consistently shown a resistance to evidence. Over 70 percent of the cases in the outbreaks are in confirmed unvaccinated individuals, and a further 18 per cent are in people whose vaccination status is unclear.