Although the "Interstellar" actor has been vocal about wearing masks and testing regularly during the COVID 19 pandemic -- and is vaccinated himself -- the 52-year-old revealed that he doesn't believe children should be required to receive the vaccine. At least not yet.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine for emergency use in children from ages 5 to 11.
But on Tuesday at the New York Times' DealBook Summit, McConaughey said that while he and wife Camila Alves got the shot, their children -- Levi, 13, Vida, 11 and Livingston, 8 -- have not.
"I couldn't mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information," the actor said. "I'm vaccinated. My wife's vaccinated. I didn't do it because someone told me I had to — [I] chose to do it."
"Many kids have died. Sadly, hundreds of children -- thousands -- have been hospitalized, and as a dad of a child who has been hospitalized several years ago for another illness, I would never wish upon any parent they have a child that ends up in the hospital," continued the Surgeon General. "And the vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 through 11 they are more at 90% effective in protecting our kids from symptomatic infection, and they are remarkably safe as well."