Matthew McConaughey says he still needs to know more before he vaccinates his young children for COVID-19 and “cannot authorize” the COVID-19 vaccine for young children. He’s not ready to roll the dice yet.
“Watch. We just said we could vaccinate children,” he said, briefly closing his eyes as he spoke via videoconference at the Dealbook Summit hosted by the New York Times on Tuesday. “I want to trust science. Do I think there is any- Is it a scam or a conspiracy theory? Hell no, I don’t know. … We should all abandon this story. There is no conspiracy theory about vaccines. They are scientists trying to do the right thing.
“It’s scary,” added the actor and author of the Green Lights memoir. “I’m not vaccinating mine right now, I’ll tell you that.”
McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey have three children, ages 8 to 13.
The FDA approved emergency use of Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15 in May and for children aged 5-11 on October 29. after receiving permission for emergency use in December 2020. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are not yet approved.
“I was vaccinated,” McConaughey said. “My wife was vaccinated. We have a high-risk person in our family, my mother, who is 90 years old, and has a weakened immune system … Anyway, we are slowly getting vaccinated, even before COVID. “
However, he noted that over the past two years or so, they have been “harder” on quarantines and other self-defense measures – “heavy” tests and masks – even doing rapid tests at home.
“However, I’m in a position where I can do it, and I understand that not everyone can do it,” McConaughey said, raising his voice and wagging his finger at the camera. “I could not demand vaccinations for younger children. I still want to know more. “
McConaughey reiterated that he, his wife and his mother were vaccinated – not because someone told them about it, but because they decided to do it.
“But the time will come … when you have to roll the dice anyway,” he said, “and go, where are the numbers in my favor?”
On the same day, the chief surgeon of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, denied McConaughey’s thinking.
“Many children have died. Unfortunately, hundreds of children – thousands – have been hospitalized, and as the father of a child who was hospitalized for another illness a few years ago, I would never wish either parent to have a child that ends up in the hospital, ”Murti said. told CNN.
The doctor also noted that in trials involving children aged 5 to 11, the Pfizer vaccine is “more than 90% effective in protecting our children from symptomatic infection, and they are also extremely safe.”
Watch the full 40-minute interview with McConaughey here.