Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccine movement, but that apparently isn’t stopping him from requiring guests at a recent party at his home to be vaccinated for COVID-19, POLITICO reports.
Needless to say, guest were surprised to learn about the vaccine requirement. Guest were also required to be tested for the virus beforehand. Speaking to POLITICO, Kennedy said it was his wife, Curb Your Enthusaiam actor Cheryl Hines, who demanded guests be vaccinated.
“I guess I’m not always the boss at my own house,” he said, adding that test results and vaccination status were not verified when people arrived at the party.
In a subsequent statement, Kennedy said that the vaccine requirement was not his idea.
“Politico and other news outlets have written near-identical stories regarding a recent holiday party at my home. The angle of these stories is that I required guests to be vaccinated in order to attend. I did not,” he said though a spokesperson.
“I believe that every person has the right to make health decisions free from coercion, threats or force by governments, employers, and fellow citizens,” the statement continued. “I don’t always agree with the decisions of others, of course, but I always support their liberty to decide for themselves. I extend this respect to everyone including colleagues, friends, and family members.”
Kennedy’s own sister, Kerry Kennedy, has called out his anti-vaccine activism.
“I love Bobby, I think he’s just completely wrong on this issue and very dangerous,” said Kerry. “Failure to take vaccines puts people’s lives at risk. It not only impacts the person who refuses the jab but imperils the community at large.