Surgeon General Vivek Murthy attempted to lecture Matthew McConaughey after the award-winning actor remarked that he “couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate” his “younger kids,” adding, “I still want to find out. Still want to find out more information.”
In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Murthy said if he could he would say to the actor,
“Look, you and I are both parents. We know there is nothing more important than the safety of our children.”
“I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out. Still want to find out more information,” McConaughey added.
After saying that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky noted that a clinical trial for 5 to 11-year-olds being administered the Pfizer vaccine that there was not a single adverse effect those kids, Burnett asked, “But what do you say to Matthew McConaughey and others who may hear that and connect with that?”
“Well, what I would say, first of all, is look, you and I are both parents,” Murthy stated. “We know there is nothing more important than the safety of our children. And so, if you are a parent out there and you have got questions, that’s okay to have questions. You know, you should ask your questions. You should get them answered.”
“My thing is I really want to make sure people get them answered from credible sources,” he continued. “Keep in mind this. I am going to draw parallel here. When we began the vaccination effort for adults, actually a few months before we had the vaccine available, if you looked at polls, they showed about a third or so of adults were ready to go out and get the vaccine right away.
“What changed, though, is then the FDA and CDC weighed in. People saw their friends and family get vaccinated. People also recognized that they were getting protected and they got the chance to talk to their doctors about the vaccine,” he added.
“All of that is going to start happening now with vaccines for children, as well,” he predicted. “So, what I would encourage parents to recognize is, number one, COVID is not harmless in our children.
“Many kids have died. Sadly, hundreds of children, thousands have been hospitalized and as a dad of a child who has been hospitalized several years ago for another illness, I would never wish upon any parent they have a child that ends up in the hospital. And the vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 through 11, they are more at 90 percent effective and they are remarkably safe as well,” he continued.
“The kind of side effects they saw were [a] sore arm, fatigue, headache.”