Actor and rumored Texas gubernatorial candidate Matthew McConaughey said this week that he opposes COVID-19 vaccine mandates for children and that he will not vaccinate his own children yet.
“I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information,” McConaughey told the New York Times.
McConaughey clarified that he believes the vaccines are safe for adults and that he and his wife both got the jab.
“I’m vaccinated. My wife’s vaccinated. I didn’t do it because someone told me I had to — [I] chose to do it,” he said. “Do I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no. We all got to get off that narrative. There’s not a conspiracy theory on the vaccines.”
However, when it comes to children, he would rather stick to testing regularly than give them a shot that has known adverse side effects for young children.
“There will come a time where you’re going to have to roll the dice one way or the other and go: ‘Where are the numbers in my favor?’” he explained.
McConaughey has been a vocal advocate for other coronavirus restrictions, including mask mandates.
“I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing,” he said earlier this year. “I’m not believing you really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom.”
“This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom,” he said.
He even used the July Fourth as an opportunity to plug mask-wearing as a “patriotic” duty.
“We gotta look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘How can I be better? How can I expect more of myself and others? How can I be more responsible?” he said in a video celebrating the holiday.
“How can I have more compassion? How can I have more courage? How can I be more fair? How do I make sure I wear the damn mask?” he said.
McConaughey has described himself as “aggressively centrist” and admitted earlier this year that he is “measuring” a campaign for governor of Texas.
“Look, it’s going to be in some capacity,” he said when asked if he will enter politics. “I just — I’m more of a folksy and philosopher poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician.”