Epoch Times | by Jack Phillips | November 7, 2021
Casting the issue as a fight between parents and schools, Cruz said that the federal government has “repeatedly ignored medical privacy rights and personal liberty by pushing unlawful and burdensome vaccine mandates on American businesses.”
Now, he argued, the administration is planning on “pressuring parents” into accepting vaccine mandates for school children “all without taking into account relative risk or the benefits of natural immunity,” according to a statement issued by his office last week.
The measure would specifically block the federal government and any recipient of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from mandating any individual aged 18 and younger to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Any school that receives certain types of federal funding will have it stripped if it mandates vaccines, Cruz said.
Cruz filed the bill after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to children aged 5 to 11. It previously approved an emergency use authorization for children aged 12 to 15.