Sen. Ted Cruz Introduces New Bill To Block Vaccine Mandates For Kids
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, has introduced a new bill that’s designed to ban the federal government and public schools from being able to require COVID-19 vaccines for kids.
The legislation prevents the federal government, along with any other entity at the federal, state, or local level that gets federal funding, which includes school districts, from being able to mandate minors receive the coronavirus vaccine.
“Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor,” the congressman said in a statement. “My view on the COVID-19 vaccine has remained clear: no mandates of any kind. President (Joe) Biden and his administration have 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.
“I am proud to introduce this legislation … to ensure President Biden and his administration stay out of decisions related to a child’s health — decisions best left to parents,” Cruz added.
According to the statement released by Cruz’s office, the bill “prohibits the federal government and any recipient of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and/or the CDC at the state, local, Tribal, or territorial level” from requiring any individual aged 18 or younger to get the vaccine.
Meanwhile, children as young as 5 will soon have to show COVID-19 vaccination cards in San Francisco in order to be admitted into a wide array of indoor venues, including restaurants.
Currently, San Francisco requires individuals age 12 and older to show their vaccine passports in order to enter certain kinds of indoor venues.
With the vaccines now being made available for children that are between the ages of 5-11, this same mandate will soon be applied to them too.