Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey came out against vaccine mandates for children on Tuesday – even as the father of three revealed he has gotten both shots. McConaughey, 52, said that while he and his wife are both vaccinated, he doesn’t want to mandate the Covid-19 jabs for children, including his kids – aged 13, 11 and 8.
‘I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information,’ McConaughey said.
McConaughy made his comments days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 last week. The decision has caused a storm of controversy with opponents pointing to the fact there is little evidence to suggest vaccinating children is necessary.
Data shows Covid poses a low risk to the age group, with children accounting for less than 0.1 percent of virus deaths in America. UK media outlets reported that COVID hospitalizations are “14 times higher” than at this time last year, despite this being demonstrably false. The US was one of the first states to officially approve jabs for the 5-11 age group, with most countries, including the UK, only offering vaccines to children 12 and older.