The Surgeon General Assures Matthew McConaughey That It’s Alright Alright Alright For Kids To Get The COVID Vaccine
Matthew McConaughey continues to give off the kind of suspicious vibes that make you feel convinced he really is in the middle of a not-subtle transition from Oscar-winning actor and beach bum to not-so-secretly aspiring Governor of Texas. For example, apropos of nothing, the star of The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days decided to let everyone know where he stands on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for children. He does not like it one bit! The “folksy poet statesman” (his words) explained that more information is needed. Well, ask and you shall receive. The US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy heard Matthew’s cries for more information, and Dr. V came back and said that it’s okay for kids to get vaccinated.
Here’s Matthew’s original quote about junior vaccines, where he plays both sides of the vaccine debate with such expert precision, you’d swear he announced his official intent to run for Governor years ago. It begins at the 21:20 mark in the video below after he’s asked about vaccinating kids. He says:
“They just said we can vaccinate kids. I want to trust in the science, but I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no I don’t. No, I don’t think there’s any kind of – we’ve all got to get off that narrative, on the vaccines. These are scientists trying to do the right thing. It’s scary. Right now I’m not vaccinating mine, I’ll tell you that…I want to get some more…we go slow on vaccinations anyway, even before COVID. I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information.”
Right now, the U.S. has approved – and is encouraging – kids between the ages of 5 to 11 to get one of the approved COVID vaccines. Matthew has been married to Camila Alves since 2012, and they share three kids: Levi (13), Vida (11), and Livingston (8). So clearly, all three of his kids can get vaccinated (kids over 12 have been able to get vaccinated for a while). But while Matthew claims he’s vaccinated, his kids are not, and he has no plans to do so right now. And he sure as hell doesn’t want any government body mandating vaccines for his kids. Except that the Surgeon General has made it very clear that not only is it fine and safe, but it’s also recommended. via CNN:
“Many kids have died. Sadly, hundreds of children – thousands – have been hospitalized, and as a dad of a child who has been hospitalized several years ago for another illness, I would never wish upon any parent they have a child that ends up in the hospital,” Murthy told CNN’s Erin Burnett.
“And the vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 through 11 they are more at 90% effective in protecting our kids from symptomatic infection, and they are remarkably safe as well.”
Of course, it’s worth noting that Matthew McConaughey isn’t a card-carrying member of the Jenny McCarthy No Needles Fan Club. He claimed that he and his wife Camila got vaccinated against COVID because his 90-year-old mother is immune-compromised (she also has been vaxxed). And a few months ago, he interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci to bust some vaccine myths, and it sounded like he was very pro-shot.
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Except…not when it comes to his kids, for some reason. Even though science, and the US Surgeon General, have declared that it is safe. Just like all the other vaccines that kids are required to get early on. But who knows, maybe one of his kids will try to rebel against him and beg to get that vaccine. His oldest kid is 13, and 13-year-olds have been known to want to do the exact opposite of what their parents tell them to do. I can picture his kid now, stomping upstairs, slamming his door, and yelling, “I’m going to get the shot whether you like it or not! And I might even start using deodorant too!”