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Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill Banning COVID Vaccine Mandates For Children

Cruz says the decision for a child to get the vaccine is ‘best left to parents’

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced a bill that would bar the federal government from issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for children, including at public schools.
“The legislation would bar any entity at the federal, state and local level that receives federal funding, including school districts, from requiring the vaccine for minors,” Fox News
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“Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor,” Cruz said in a statement. “My view on the COVID-19 vaccine has remained clear: no mandates of any kind. President 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 today to ensure President Biden and his administration stay out of decisions related to a child’s health—decisions best left to parents,” Cruz added.

Recent data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in male children indicates that the benefits of the vaccine only slightly outweigh the risks. The FDA estimates that for males ages 5-11, the vaccine prevents 67 ICU stays and 203 hospitalizations from the virus. In comparison, the vaccine will lead to 57 excess ICU stays and 156 excess hospitalizations from myocarditis or pericarditis.

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  1. h

    November 9, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Pretty much the way Texas treats its utility customers when they are freezing. (Maybe give them tickets to cancun?)

  2. Nancy Silfven

    November 9, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    How about no mandates for anyone!

  3. Drew Sorbie

    November 15, 2021 at 3:55 am

    Isn’t it a little strange that the illegal migrants, crossing our southern boders; don’t need a vaccine shot, but every citizen does

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Former Harvard medical professor says he was fired for opposing Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates

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“My hope is that someday, Harvard will find its way back to academic freedom and independence.” That is the heartfelt message from Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a former Harvard University professor of medicine since 2003, who recently announced publicly he was fired for “clinging to the truth” in his opposition to Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Kulldorff posted the news on social media alongside an essay published in the City Journal last week. The epidemiologist and biostatistician also spoke with National Review about the incident. Kulldorff says he was fired by the Harvard-affiliated Mass General Brigham hospital system and put on a leave of absence by Harvard Medical School in November 2021 over his stance on Covid.

Nearly two years later, in October 2023, his leave of absence was terminated as a matter of policy, marking the end of his time at the university. Harvard severed ties with Kulldorff “all on their initiative,” he said.

The history of the medical professional’s public stance on Covid-19 vaccines and mandates is detailed by National Review:

Censorship and rejection led Kulldorff to co-author the Great Barrington Declaration in October 2020 alongside Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University. Together, the three public-health scientists argued for limited and targeted Covid-19 restrictions that “protect the elderly, while letting children and young adults live close to normal lives,” as Kulldorff put it in his essay.

“The declaration made clear that no scientific consensus existed for school closures and many other lockdown measures. In response, though, the attacks intensified—and even grew slanderous,” he wrote, naming former National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins as the one who ordered a “devastating published takedown” of the declaration.

Testifying before Congress in January, Collins reaffirmed his previous statements attacking the Great Barrington Declaration.

Despite the coordinated effort against it, the document has over 939,000 signatures in favor of age-based focused protection.

The Great Barrington Declaration’s authors, who advocated the quick reopening of schools, have been vindicated by recent studies that confirm pandemic-era school closures were, in fact, detrimental to student learning. The data show that students from third through eighth grade who spent most of the 2020–21 school year in remote learning fell more than half a grade behind in math scores on average, while those who attended school in person dropped a little over a third of a grade, according to a New York Times review of existing studies. In addition to learning losses, school closures did very little to stop the spread of Covid, studies show.

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