Matthew McConaughey says headlines that say he is against children being vaccinated are “fake”.
The Oscar winner and potential politician, 52, was asked in a recent interview about children aged 5 to 11 – of whom he has two – who received the COVID vaccine now that the FDA gave it emergency use permission. McConaughey said that while trusting scientists, “he could not order having to vaccinate the younger children,” and he would not get his plug “right now.” His comments quickly circulated with the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, as among those who responded – and remind people to listen to doctors, not celebrities.
McConaughey, who is considering becoming governor of Texas, has since clarified his position.
“When asked for my opinion on the subject of children and vaccination mandates, I said, ‘I could not give that mandate to children yet,’ Dallas Buyers Club wrote star on Instagram Wednesday night. “What was not clear is that I was referring specifically to the 5-11 year old mandate.”
He continued: “What is NOT true, and since insinuated with the click bell headlines, is that I am against vaccinating children at all. This is false. In fact, our oldest 13-year-old son Levi is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “
The Texan ended by saying, “I appreciate the ear and the clarity.”
By New York TimesAt the DealBook summit on Tuesday, the actor – who has been outspoken about masking – said: “They just said we can vaccinate children. Do we need to trust …? I want to trust science. I think it’s someone kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell, no, I do not. No… we all have to get rid of that narrative. There is no conspiracy… It’s scientists trying to do the right thing. “
Still, he continued, “It’s scary. Right now I’m not vaccinating mine, I have to tell you. I’m not vaccinating mine. I’ve been vaccinated. My wife [Camila’s] have been vaccinated. We have a high-risk person in our household, my mother [Kay McConaughey]”She’s 90 and she’s immunocompromised.”
And if it was him as a politician, McConaughy – who is also the father of Vida, 11, and Livingston, 8 – said: “I could not give a mandate to vaccinate the younger children. I would still like to find out more information, but I could not give a mandate – forget it yet, no. “
McConaughey’s comments caught Murthy’s attention, telling CNN: “Vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 to 11 that they are more [than] “90 percent effective in protecting our children from symptomatic infection, and they are also remarkably safe.”
Murthy called vaccines “an opportunity to protect our children,” noting that “COVID is not harmless in our children.”
“Many children are dead,” he said. “Unfortunately, hundreds of children – thousands – have been hospitalized, and as the father of a child who has been hospitalized several years ago for another illness, I would never wish any parent to have a child who ends up in hospital. “
Murthy encouraged people, “Talk to your doctor” instead of getting medical advice from celebs.
McConaughey has talked about a potential election campaign, but he has also compared politics to a “bag of rats” and said he thinks he would be more influential outside of politics.
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