On Friday, State Reps. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City), Jeff Cason (R–Bedford), and Kyle Biedermann (Fredericksburg), as well as Republican House District 93 candidate Nate Schlatzine, sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, asking him to stop COVID vaccinations of children under the age of 4, after concerns have been raised regarding the safety and effects of the vaccines on infants.

“The FDA’s authorization for the COVID-19 vaccines for infants has raised many concerns and unanswered questions across the country, as we highlighted in our letter,” said Slaton.

Governor Abbott has often publicly committed himself to protecting children, and my colleagues and I are respectfully requesting that he do that in this situation. Until these concerning questions regarding the effects of this vaccine on infants have been answered, it is our firm belief that Texas should pause all distribution of the vaccine to young children.

In some instances, young children who receive vaccines can experience extreme reactions (such as anaphylaxis, intussusception, seizures, and rashes), and there is evidence that COVID vaccines specifically may increase the risk of heart inflammation.

Those against administering the COVID vaccine to young children say the risk of long-term damage from the vaccine is higher than the risks involved if the child contracts COVID. From 2020 to 2022, there were 829 recorded deaths of children under 18 dying from COVID, and each had underlying health conditions.

In their letter, the Texas lawmakers requested that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission “immediately halt state distribution and state promotion of COVID-19 vaccines to children.”

In an age where experimentation on young children is running rampant, and federal overreach and abuse seems to know no bounds, we must act swiftly with bold leadership to curb these encroachments on both the rights and dignity of the human person, and basic common sense.

Jake Peterson

Jake Peterson is a journalism fellow for Texas Scorecard. During high school he competed in speech and debate and now works to teach the unbiased truth, and expose corruption.