Calling the federal agency that makes recommendations on vaccines a “sock puppet” for that industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday against making it harder for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations.
Kennedy, the nephew of President John Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, joined groups that oppose school-attendance vaccination requirements for a news conference in the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton. The Legislature is considering bills that would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions.
Kennedy said he supports using vaccines and had all six of his children vaccinated, but he said the pharmaceutical industry profits immensely from the government’s recommendations. The Food and Drug Administration licenses vaccines, and then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to doctors what vaccines to use, who should get them and when to administer them.