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Matthew McConaughey speaks out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates for children

(The Hill) – Matthew McConaughey says that although he received his COVID-19 shot, he is against demanding that his children be vaccinated.

“I couldn’t force it to vaccinate the younger children. I still want to know more information,” the “Interstellar” actor said Tuesday, when asked at The New York Times’ DealBook summit about his stance on childhood vaccinations and whether he should make them mandatory.

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children ages 5 to 11.

McConaughey, who has repeatedly campaigned against Texas governor Greg Abbott (R), said he is not against vaccinations, but against making them mandatory.

“I have been vaccinated. My wife has been vaccinated. I didn’t do it because someone told me to – [I] chose to do it,” he told Andrew Ross Sorkin of the Times.

“Do I think there is any kind of scam or conspiracy theory?” asked the Academy Award winner. “Not really.”

“We all need to get rid of that story. There’s no conspiracy theory about the vaccines,” he said.

But McConaughey, 52, added of his children, “Right now I’m not vaccinating mine, I’ll tell you.”

McConaughey, who has been a supporter of face masks, said he’s been “quarantine harder” than his friends since the start of the pandemic last year, telling Sorkin his family has relied on a “heavy amount” of COVID-19 testing.

“However, I am in a position where I can do that, and I understand that not everyone can,” he said.

The artist also weighed in on the Lone Star State’s controversial six-week abortion ban, which faces a challenge from the Supreme Court, calling it “overly aggressive.”

“It doesn’t seem to open up the space to make a wise choice at the right time,” he said.

“I believe in this: more responsibility, more personal responsibility to make the right choices. And we have to choose the context for each situation, and each person’s situation, each woman’s situation.”