Ted Cruz Looking to Block Vax Mandates for Kids

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Ted Cruz (Republican from Texas) has introduced a bill to prohibit the federal government and public school systems from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

The bill would prohibit the federal government, any entity at the federal or state level, as well as school districts, to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for minors.

“Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor,” Cruz stated 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’s office released a statement stating that the bill “Prohibits” the federal government and all recipients of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and/or CDC at the territorial, state, and Tribal levels from requiring anyone younger than 18 to receive the vaccine.

Children as young as five years old will soon need to present COVID-19 vaccine cards to San Francisco to be allowed into many indoor venues including restaurants.

For those over 12 years old, the city requires proof that they have been vaccinated.

With vaccines now available for children between 5-11 years old, the San Francisco vaccine mandate will also apply to younger children.