A) At an April 9th, 2019 press conference, NYC Health Department leaders stated that an estimated 1,800 children who attend Yeshivas in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn were unvaccinated. This estimate was from December 2018; two months into the outbreak. For context, more than 50,000 children grades Kindergarten through 12th attend Yeshivas in those two neighborhoods. In turn, the Health Department’s estimate of early in the outbreak reflects a vaccination rate in these communities of higher than 96%! This rate is better than most places in NY where the rate among the whole population is in the 90% range per data shown on CNBC earlier in April.
B) The Commissioner of the Rockland County Health Department announced on April 9th, 2019, that 44 of the 61 schools who were on the exclusion list are now in good standing because at least 95% students in those schools are vaccinated. Rockland has 119 private schools (mostly Yeshivas), which means that almost half of those schools were not on the list to begin with, and 102 of the 119 schools are now in good standing. Moreover, the Health Commissioner noted that back in December 2018 - a few weeks into the outbreak but prior to the vaccination campaign - a Hasidic Yeshiva from the Satmar community had a 100% vaccination rate. Obviously, if a Hasidic Yeshiva had a 100% rate early on and half of the private schools were not on the exclusion list to begin with, the overall vaccination rate among Hasidim is way better than what some people believe it is.