Days after a state of emergency was issued in Rockland County, the county executive says they have seen a boost in vaccinations.
Five hundred people have been vaccinated since Tuesday, after 157 measles cases were confirmed in the county.
"There's a great deal more from what we hear in the community," said Rockland County Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.
Since the outbreak started, 17,450 MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines have been given in the county, and officials are glad to see that number on the rise.
"The safety of this vaccine has been researched over all the years. The system we have now of giving them, and the schedules we have, have been tried, true, tested, and safe," Dr. Ruppert said.
Under this state of emergency, anyone younger than age 18 who is not vaccinated is banned from public places throughout the county. Violations of this emergency order can result in up to six months of jail time, but County Executive Ed Day says arresting people is not the priority.
"There have been no arrests, there have been no efforts to go and find out if people are vaccinated or not. That has not, is not, and will not be the purpose of what we're doing. Most people in Rockland County abide by the law. When they hear it's a law, they will go and do it, and that's what we're seeing here," Day said.
When asked if he would declare a second state of emergency after the 30 days are up, Day said the county would evaluate the situation carefully and make a decision from there.