Not against vaccinations: Jessica Biel


Jessica Biel sparked controversy this week after joining activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the California State Capitol in Sacramento to speak out against SB-276, which would potentially limit medical exemptions for vaccinations. Kennedy shared a photo of the actress, prompting speculation that she shares his anti-vaccination views. Biel, who has a 4-year-old son, Silas, with husband Justin Timberlake, was sharply criticized for appearing to support anti-vaccination views, which have been credited with causing measles and chicken pox outbreaks. Some used Timberlake’s own song lyrics (it’s gonna be measles, I’m bring measles back, etc.) to mock the former 7th Heaven star, while other critics accused her of rejecting science and putting children’s lives at risk by “spreading incorrect and dangerous information. But Biel’s Instagram comments also saw messages of support from those in the anti-vaccination community, with one mom thanking her for taking a stand for freedom and children’s health. The actress is now trying to set the record straight. I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians,” the 37-year-old wrote in an Instagram post. While Biel included the hashtag for SB-277 — a 2015 bill which removed personal belief exemptions for vaccinations — it was SB-276 that she actually went to the Capitol to address this week. — VoM

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