The Biden administration is pushing forward with its effort to convince parents that they should vaccinate young children against COVID-19.
That position has led to concerns among some critics of mandates by local governments and school districts — and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is already working to address the issue.
“No mandates of any kind”
According to the Daily Wire, Cruz has recently filed legislation that would specifically block any sort of mandatory requirements involving children and the COVID-19 vaccine.
His move comes on the heels of decisions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use authorization to a pediatric version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.
In a statement on Thursday, Cruz voiced his opposition.
“Parents should have the right to decide what is best for their children in consultation with their family doctor,” he said. “My view on the COVID-19 vaccine has remained clear: no mandates of any kind.”
The Texas Republican went on to accuse the Biden administration of “repeatedly ignor[ing] privacy rights and personal liberty by pushing unlawful and burdensome vaccine mandates on American businesses.”
“Decisions best left to parents”
Now, Cruz argued, the government is “preparing to push a mandate on kids by pressuring parents — all without taking into account relative risk or the benefits of natural immunity.”
As for his proposed solution, he described the legislation as a way “to ensure President Biden and his administration stay out of decisions related to a child’s health — decisions best left to parents.”
His bill is being dubbed the Parental Rights Protection Act and would prohibit any public or private entity that accepts certain types of federal funding from making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for anyone under the age of 18.
Furthermore, his proposal would require that guardians be given due notice and respond with written consent before a vaccine could be administered to a minor.
Meanwhile, much of the mainstream media is joining the Biden administration in relentlessly pushing for widespread vaccinations for young kids. In fact, Cruz even took aim at Big Bird from the long-running PBS children’s show Sesame Street for a tweet in which the puppet ostensibly revealed that he had been vaccinated.