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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
reported.

“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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Watchdog: Pentagon likely rushed denials of COVID-19 vaccine Religious Exemption requests

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The Army only approved just 24 religious COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests out of a total 8,514 requests submitted by active duty soldiers, and  1,602 requests have been rejected while the rest remain pending.

Military.com obtained information showing the Pentagon rushed vaccine exemption denials:

Sean O’Donnell, the Pentagon’s inspector general, wrote in a June 2 memo to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin obtained by Military.com calling attention to a “concerning” trend in which military brass rushed to reject vaccine-exemption petitions rather than giving each request due consideration.

“We found a trend of generalized assessments rather than the individualized assessment that is required by Federal law and DoD and Military Service policies,” he said. “Some of the appellate decisions included documentation that demonstrated a greater consideration of facts and circumstances involved in a request.”

In March, a Texas judge blocked the Navy from dismissing sailors with pending exemption requests and in August, a Florida federal judge ordered class action relief and granted an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the vaccine mandate for the Marine Corps.

National Review writes, “For the last year, military has been struggling with a recruitment problem. As of July, with only three months left in the fiscal year, the Army had met only 40 percent of its recruitment goal and reduced its active-duty force by 12,000 troops.”

O’Donnell calculated that officials likely gave each appeal a cursory glance rather than a thorough examination, possibly opening the door to litigation from service members who had to resign after they failed to obtain exemptions. Across all the branches, there were about 50 denials per day in a 90-day period, he determined. Over a thousand Coast Guardsmen have already tried to launch a class-action lawsuit in response to their being refused religious exemptions, the publication noted.

“The volume and rate at which decisions were made to deny requests is concerning,” the memo read. “Assuming a 10-hour work day with no breaks or attention to other matters, the average review period was about 12 minutes for each package. Such a review period seems insufficient to process each request in an individualized manner and still perform the duties required of their position.”

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