FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 20, 2023
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ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Continues Fight Against COVID-19 Mandates for Senate Pages
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, as a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and put an end to unscientific mandates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and that, for young and healthy people, the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop the transmission of COVID-19.
For the third time, Senate Democrats refused to follow the science and objected to Dr. Paul’s resolution passing by unanimous consent.
Below are excerpts from Dr. Paul’s remarks:
“Common sense should prevail, and the Senate should repeal this mandate, just as we did for our young soldiers. We shouldn’t allow politics to infect and cloud common sense judgment. The vaccine committees that make recommendations for vaccines actually don’t recommend COVID boosters for young, healthy individuals.”
“But the Democrats want submission. They don’t want you to have the choice to keep your kids safe and make a decision whether or not your kid, who may well have already had COVID needs yet another vaccine. Why are we forcing these kids to do something that I would say is against medical advice to be a page in our program here.”
“No one should be forced to undergo a medical procedure against their will. In a free society, no one should be forced to receive an injection into their body that they do not wish to have… the Democrat’s Party support for medical choice seems selective and inconsistent.”
Last week, Dr. Paul introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Earlier this month, Dr. Paul introduced a similar resolution that would have safeguarded Senate Pages from imposing vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19. Yet, Senate Democrats objected to Dr. Paul’s efforts.
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.