Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey has recently weighed on vaccine mandates for children, indicating that he has no intentions to vaccinate his own against COVID.
“I [could not] mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids,” McConaughey remarked, at the DealBook Summit, which was hosted by the New York Times. The actor added that he needs to acquire more information regarding the vaccines before making such a decision.
McConaughey also added that while he and his wife, Camila Alves, are fully vaccinated, he became vaccinated because he chose to do so, not “because someone told [him he] had to.”
The actor also dismissed rumors regarding rumors and conspiracy theories regarding vaccines in remarks to The Hill.
“Do I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no!” McConaughey declared, adding that the general public must “get off that narrative” as there is no conspiracy theory regarding the vaccines.
In the past week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided approval for the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11. The approval arrives after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved COVID vaccines for children.
McConaughey detailed that he feels no opposition to the vaccines, but he is also not planning on vaccinating his children for an extended period of time.
“Right now, I’m not vaccinating mine,” McConaughey asserted, “I’ll tell you that.”
McConaughey and Alves have a total of three children together.
The actor has mused about running for Texas governor, and he noted that he and his family have been heavily reliant on COVID testing since the start of the global pandemic.
However, McConaughey also noted that he’s in a position where he is able to do that, and he fully understands “that not everyone can do that.”
Over the course of the New York Times event, McConaughey also weighed in on the recent Texas legislation that bans abortions after six weeks of gestation, noting that the law does not appear to be “a sensible choice.”
“It [does not] seem to open up the room for a sensible choice to be made at the right time,” McConaughey reflected, adding that he believes in “more personal responsibility [in order] to make the right choices.”
The actor also stressed the importance of context, noting that it was important to take into account the details of “each situation” and “each person’s situation,” notably “each woman’s situation.”