(RepublicanNews.org) – As the United States continues to battle COVID-19, another injection is about to enter the picture. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend the vaccination for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Dr. Ben Carson disagrees.
Carson, who once ran for president under the GOP, believes the government shouldn’t force vaccinations on children. In fact, he calls the new approval little more than a huge experiment that makes little to no sense.
The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development worries that no one can conclusively prove what kind of long-term effects the COVID-19 vaccine might have on children. He questions whether kids even need to be vaccinated when the virus in question rarely affects them.
Carson, a former pediatric neurosurgeon, questioned the long-term risks of the COVID-19 vaccine and said it makes "no sense" to vaccinate children. https://t.co/6R9DqXrX4f
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Carson also has concerns about the government’s approach to COVID-19 compared to other equally concerning contagious diseases, such as influenza. He wants to know why US officials seem so keen on pushing the coronavirus vaccine when they didn’t make the same effort to address rising flu cases. In addition, the doctor expressed confusion over the CDC’s decision to all but ignore the role of natural immunity.
Carson isn’t just another face in the crowd in this argument, either. As a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon who receives plenty of accolades from colleagues and citizens alike, he does speak from a place of authority. In fact, the Library of Congress labeled him a living legend for his role in conjoined twin separation surgeries.
Does the government have the right to mandate childhood vaccines? In most states, kids already receive mandated doses for measles, mumps and rubella. Still, Carson’s argument is a good reminder of how many citizens feel: The American government should leave it for the parents to decide what’s best for their children.
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