Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign drew more than a few confused glances when they gave an answer to BuzzFeed News about how the candidate views vaccinations and whether he would make them mandatory if he wins office.
So what happened? The Buttigieg campaign said the candidate supported “mandatory vaccination” by everyone in the country “for public safety” unless the person had “personal/religious exemptions” but not “during a public health emergency to prevent an outbreak.”
“The law of the land for more than a century has been that states may enforce mandatory vaccination for public safety to prevent the spread of a dangerous disease. Pete does support some exceptions, except during a public health emergency to prevent an outbreak,” a spokesperson for the campaign said via BuzzFeed News.
“These exemptions include medical exemptions in all cases (as in cases where it is unsafe for the individual to get vaccinated), and personal/religious exemptions if states can maintain local herd immunity and there is no public health crisis,” the spokesperson continued via the report.
As Twitchy reports, some people were very confused about his answer.
Vaccinations aren’t mandatory if people could opt out of them for personal reasons. Also, vaccinations are purposed with avoiding health outbreaks, so it would make sense to implement them after a “public health emergency.”
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According to BuzzFeed, the Buttigieg campaign seemed to change his views completely in a “clarifying statement” which was released on Wednesday morning.
From BuzzFeed News:
After this article was published, the campaign added in a “clarifying statement” early Wednesday that Buttigieg only supported medical exemptions to vaccinations.
“Pete believes vaccines are safe and effective and are necessary to maintaining public health,” the spokesperson said. “There is no evidence that vaccines are unsafe, and he believes children should be immunized to protect their health. He is aware that in most states the law provides for some kinds of exemptions. He believes only medical exemptions should be allowed.”