Matthew McConaughey admits he was not very clear when it came to his opinion on COVID-19 vaccine for kids.
The 52-year-old posted a message to his Instagram Story after revealing how last week he wanted to “find out more information” before supporting any requirements that young children get the shot.
“When asked my opinion on the subject of children and vaccination mandates I stated, ‘I couldn’t mandate it for kids just yet.’ What was not clear is that I was referring specifically to the 5-11 year old mandate,” he explained.
McConaughey continued, “What is NOT true, and insinuated with the clickbait headlines since, is that I am against vaccinating children at all. This is false. In fact, our eldest 13-year-old son Levi is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.”
He concluded by saying “I appreciate the ear and clarity,” telling his followers to “just keep livin’.”
On Tuesday, during The New York Times‘s DealBook summit, the actor shared that while he supported the science behind the vaccine, he wasn’t ready to push it on his kids just yet.
“We just said we can vaccinate kids. I want to trust in the science,” McConaughey shared.
McConaughey continued, saying: “Do I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no I don’t. We all got to get off that narrative. There’s not a conspiracy theory on the vaccines.”
“Right now, I’m not vaccinating [my young children], I’ll tell you that.”
“I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information,” he said. “There’s gonna come a time, though — and there has already in these last two years, obviously — there’ll come a time where you’re gonna have to roll the dice one way or the other and go, where are the numbers in my favor? I’m vaccinated. Wife’s vaccinated. … We’re over here just trying to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, but I couldn’t mandate it for kids just yet.”
But when it comes to making that choice for himself, McConaughey is all for it because, he made that choice.
“I didn’t do it because someone told me I had to,” he said of receiving the shot himself. “I chose to do it.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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