Actor Matthew McConaughey refuses to vaccinate his three children against Covid-19, saying he's against the vaccine mandate for children.
The 52-year-old Oscar winner and his wife, Camila Alves, are fully vaccinated. But he draws the line at vaccinating his three beautiful children, ages 13, 11 and 8.
"I'm vaccinated. My wife's vaccinated. I didn't do it because someone told me I had to — [I] chose to do it," the actor said in an interview Tuesday.
"Do I think that there's any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no. We all got to get off that narrative. There's not a conspiracy theory on the vaccines... I couldn't mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information."
The FDA and CDC recently approved Pfizer mRNA vaccines for children ages 5-11.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded to McConaughey on CNN on Tuesday. Murthy claimed vaccinating children is important because "Covid is not harmless" to kids.
"Many kids have died. Sadly, hundreds of children," said Murthy.
"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."
Dr. Murthy added:
"And the vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 through 11 they are more than 90 per cent effective in protecting our kids from symptomatic infection, and they are remarkably safe as well."