FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 7, 2023
Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
Dr. Rand Paul to Ask Senate to Unanimously Pass Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from Unscientific COVID-19 Mandates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will ask the Senate to unanimously pass his resolution protecting Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.
“Study after study shows that it makes no sense to mandate COVID vaccinations for teenagers who are healthy, and that such a mandate could be dangerous. It is the height of malpractice to subject young people to the greater risk of vaccination simply to satisfy mandates designed to protect bureaucrats from accountability,” said Dr. Paul. “I urge the Senate to pass my resolution to end all COVID-related mandates for pages who serve in this chamber.”
Dr. Paul’s resolution is a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and push back against unscientific mandates. Over the last several years, Dr. Paul has taken numerous actions to defend Americans from those who fail to follow the science on COVID-19. Not only did he introduce a similar resolution last year that would have lifted vaccine and mask mandates for pages, he also introduced the Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act last year to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are not used to support healthcare facilities that deny care to patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. Additionally, Dr. Paul offered the Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment to the Fire Grants and Safety Act that would have made funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offered full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. He also previously introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021, and continues to be outspoken against these mandates without a scientific basis.