Since the advent of the celebrity, there have been plenty of endorsements for all kinds of things, from cigarettes to the support of your local animal shelter. There has been proven success in finding advocates for something with iconic faces that people will remember. The Democratic Party today is no exception. They have used their battery of familiar faces to no end, pushing ideologies down the hearts and minds of the American people, convincing them they’re not “cool” if they don’t adhere to whatever it is that the liberal agenda wants them to believe.
So, it was no surprise when the iconic face (and voice) of Matthew McConaughey was vocal at the start of the pandemic, pointing Americans toward what they could do to help in the face of what seemed to be insurmountable odds. McConaughey took it upon himself to load down his truck and carry personal protective gear to Texas hospitals at the height of desperation during the pandemic. He and his wife have quarantined and received the vaccination and McConaughey has felt so strongly about protecting the health and wellness of his fellow Texans that there was even talk that he might run for the governorship in the next election.
But there’s a line, even for the most supportive of government proponents, when that support comes from a place of belief that it’s what is best for their families, and the government decides they’d rather that family accept their idea which might not be best for the individual family. In the case of McConaughey, while he took the initial vaccination as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as did several of his family members, the tall Texan is drawing a line when it comes to his children.
According to a report in the Independent Journal Review, the actor said during a New York Times’s DealBook summit that he wants to “trust in the science,” and he doesn’t think there’s “any kind of scam or conspiracy theory” saying that “We all got to get off that narrative” but he still does not believe in the recommendation for his children and won’t be getting them the injections.
“We have a high-risk person in our household, my mother who’s 90 and she’s immune-compromised,” McConaughey said. When he was asked why he does not want his kids to be vaccinated, McConaughey replied, “We go slow on vaccinations anyway, even before Covid,” and told the host he “couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information.”
This is in stark juxtaposition to the opinions held by many of his fellow actors and actresses, and also stands against the recent authorization by the CDC for children ages 5 to 11 last week, calling it “a giant step forward to further accelerate our path out of this pandemic.”
President Joe Biden said recently during remarks at the White House that “The bottom line is: We’ve been planning and preparing for months to vaccinate our children. Our program will be ramping up this week and more doses (will be) shipped out each day so that we have it fully up and running by next week. We’re going to do everything we can to make these vaccines easily available and raise awareness of the importance of getting vaccinated. So parents of children ages 5 and over: please get them vaccinated.”
McConaughey’s hesitation is the same hesitation that is held by many parents. Some because they think the government is more concerned with control than wellness, and some just because they’re unwilling to assume the risks of an untried vaccination against the risk of an illness that has such a low mortality rate.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows more than 360,000 children under the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Reminding parents the vaccine is “safe and effective,” Biden also told them to “get your children vaccinated to protect themselves, to protect others and to stop the spread and to help us beat this pandemic.”