(PresidentialInsider.com)- Republican Senator Ted Cruz is worried about potential vaccine mandates being created for children, so he is taking matters into his own hand now.
Last week, he introduced legislation that would ultimately ban the federal government from instituting any mandates that children get a COVID-19 vaccine, even to attend public school.
Fox News reported that Cruz’s proposal would ultimately block any entity at the local, state and federal level that receives funding from the federal government, from requiring a COVID-19 for minors. That would include all public school districts in the country.
In a statement, Cruz said:
“Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor. My view on the COVID-19 vaccine has remained clear: no mandates of any kind.”
According to Cruz, President Joe Biden’s administration has “repeatedly ignored medical privacy rights and personal liberty by pushing unlawful and burdensome vaccine mandates on American businesses, and now they are preparing to push a mandate on kids by pressuring parents — all without taking into account relative risk or the benefits of natural immunity.”
Cruz said these decisions about vaccines are “best left to parents” and that the federal government should completely stay out of these decisions.
Thus far, there has been no mandate instituted by the federal government or any state or local entity that minors need to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, Cruz is concerned that the progressive Biden administration might eventually institute one — just as they are trying to do for large public corporations in the country.
Cruz’s bill would effectively not only bar the federal government from instituting the mandate, but would do the same for many local entities where minor children regularly attend.
The big one, of course, is the public school system, which does have mandates from vaccines already in place. If Cruz’s bill were effective in being passed by Congress, it would ban public schools from adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of mandated vaccines.
While it’s unlikely that the bill would pass through either chamber of Congress right now — with Democrats holding a slight majority in both — it could just be a precursor to some serious debate on the issue.
Just last week, the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech was approved for use for children between the ages of 5 to 11. That was given the go-ahead when Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave it the green light.
Not long before that, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the vaccine for emergency use in this age group as well. These pediatric patients would receive the same vaccine as adults, but at one-third of the dose that adults receive.
Now, the only ages that are not approved for a COVID-19 vaccine are babies up through age 4.