Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced legislation that would keep the federal government from creating COVID-19 vaccine mandates for children in places like public schools.
Fox News reported that the legislation would bar any entity at the federal, state, and local level that receives federal funding from requiring the vaccine for minors. This includes public school districts.
Senator Cruz declared in a statement last week, “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.”
Cruz went on to describe how President Joe Biden‘s administration has repeatedly ignored medical privacy rights and personal liberty. They have pushed unlawful and burdensome vaccine mandates on American businesses. And now they are preparing to push a mandate on kids by pressuring parents. He said that they have done all of this without taking into account the relative risk of the benefits of natural immunity.
Cruz maintained that he is proud to introduce the legislation which will focus on keeping the federal government from making decisions related to a child’s health. He believes these kinds of decisions are best left to the parents.
The senator recently took aim at the Sesame Street team for announcing over the weekend that the much-loved character “Big Bird” was planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The 6-year-old Muppet who never ages is one of the millions of American children who recently became eligible to receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine. After getting his (fictional) shot, Big Bird had an adult tweet out his excitement Saturday morning.
Cruz tweeted his own message about Big Bird’s shot: “Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!”
Senator Cruz is not alone, there were other conservatives who criticized the push to get children vaccinated. They also pointed out that “Big Bird” was involved in previous vaccination campaigns.
There were conservatives with their feathers ruffled who accused Sesame Street of bringing “Big Bird” to America by the letter “P” — for “propaganda.”
Along these lines, Democratic Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced that his city will be providing $100 to encourage kids to get the vaccine.
“We really want kids to take advantage, families to take advantage of that,” de Blasio said to the press. “Everyone can use a little more money around the holidays, but more importantly, we want our kids and families to be safe.”
The NYC mayor also said that every public school in the city that serves the targeted age range will hold a dedicated vaccination day for those students beginning next week. This plan will cover about 1,070 sites over the course of the week by focusing on about 200 schools per day.
There is now a pediatric dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which is authorized for use in children between the ages of 5 to 11 and the CDC now recommends the vaccine for that age group.
The Wall Street Journal noted that it was the endorsement by Rochelle Walensky, the CDC Director, that was the last step before doctors, nurses and pharmacists could start giving the shots to children.
Walensky said, “Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus that causes Covid-19.” The director had previously said that children should keep wearing face coverings in school even after they have received a COVID-19 vaccination.
In defense of Sesame Street, MSNBC wrote, “In decrying Big Bird’s — again, fictional — shot, they’re ditching that veneer to do what they’ve proved best at lately: Scaring parents, by any means possible.”