New York children will not be required to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend school in the fall. The New York State 2022 legislative session came to an end June 2 without passing this mandate or any new laws pertaining to vaccination.

Lawmakers proposed more than a dozen COVID-19-related bills during the 2022 session. They included proposals to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine, create a vaccine database and allow minors to consent to medical procedures without parental consent.

2022 marks the third year in a row that activists in New York have prevented new vaccine mandates from being codified into state law.

A massive grassroots campaign showed New York lawmakers how unpopular vaccine mandates are.

After Governor Kathy Hochul in December 2021 claimed a vaccine mandate for kids was inevitable in 2022, 4,000 activists rallied in front of the Albany capitol building on Jan. 5, the first day of the legislative session.

Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and the CHD New York chapter co-sponsored the event. CHD chartered nearly a dozen buses to bring people to the rally from across the state.

Just 18 days later, CHD co-sponsored the “Defeat the Mandates” rally in Washington, D.C. Once again CHD chartered buses to bring people from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio to the rally.

Within weeks of the event, vaccine passport mandates in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City were all repealed.

From January through May, CHD and the CHD New York chapter helped coordinate email and phone action alerts, encouraging tens of thousands of New Yorkers to express their opinion of proposed vaccine legislation to their lawmakers.”