Sen. Rand Paul says the government does not have the right to force vaccinations for the coronavirus on the public against their will.
Speaking on the podcast GrowUp Thursday, the Kentucky Republican said people should be allowed to decide whether to opt-in on a possible vaccine until more is known about the disease and the efficacy of therapeutic solutions.
“I’m kind of pro-vaccine, but I’m also pro-freedom, and basically, the higher-risk people will make a choice, and a lot of them will get it, and then we’ll study that over six months, a year, two years,” Paul said. “But the other thing is, look, there’s millions of us like me who are immune. Are they going to hold me down and stick a needle in my arm? They probably will because these people believe in the idea that they are so right, that their cause is so righteous, that they can inflict it on others.”
"There’s millions of us like me now who are immune. Are they going to hold me down and a stick a needle in my arm? They probably will because these people believe in the idea they are so right and their cause is so righteous they can inflict it on others."
– Rand Paul 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/pBMu2RsJ7Y
— GrowUp (@GrowUpLive) July 16, 2020
Paul, who holds an M.D. from Duke University and volunteered in a local hospital after he recovered from the coronavirus in April, is a well-known advocate for limited government interference in the daily lives of citizens.
He claimed he is not an anti-vaxxer and recounted how President George Washington made his family and close associates get vaccinated for smallpox, which killed 1 out of every 3 infected people during the American Revolutionary War.
Paul, who has held a state-issued medical license in Kentucky since 1993, has long been skeptical of mandated vaccinations and, in 2015, argued during a measles outbreak in California that vaccinations should remain voluntary.
Author: Spencer Neale
Source: Washington Examiner: Rand Paul questions government authority to mandate coronavirus vaccinations