The new faces of Jeopardy! aren’t exactly getting off on the right foot.
Mike Richards facing renewed backlash over his pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits while producing The Price Is Right. And now Mayim Bialik is being criticized for her vaccine hesitancy in her 2012 book, Beyond the Sling.
“We made an informed decision not to vaccinate our children,” Bialik wrote in her parenting guidebook, “but this is a very personal decision that should be made only after sufficient research, which today is within reach of every parent who seeks to learn about their child’s health regardless of their medical knowledge or educational status.”
According to Vanity Fair, a representative for Bialik has now clarified her vaccine stance stating, “She has been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus and is not at all an anti-vaxxer.”
This isn’t the first time the Big Bang Theory star and neuroscientist has had to address her change in stance on being anti-vax. In 2015, Bialik tweeted, “dispelling rumors abt my stance on vaccines. i’m not anti. my kids are vaccinated. so much anger and hysteria. i hope this clears things up.”
dispelling rumors abt my stance on vaccines. i'm not anti. my kids are vaccinated. so much anger and hysteria. i hope this clears things up.— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) February 11, 2015
The 45-year-old actress further explained how her thinking about immunization had evolved in a YouTube video titled, “Anti-Vaxxers and Covid.” Last October, Bialik shared that she and her two kids would be receiving both COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots. “This year I’m gonna do something I literally haven’t done in 30 years: I’m gonna get a vaccine. I know! And guess what? I’m actually gonna get two,” she said about getting the Covid vaccine and a flu vaccine.
“You might be saying, ‘Hey, wait a second, Dr. Mayim Bialik, you don’t believe in vaccines! You’re one of those anti-vaxxers! I know it, because I read it online,’” Bialik continued. “I wrote a book about 10 years ago about my experience parenting, and at the time, my children had not received the typical schedule of vaccines. But I have never, not once, said that vaccines are not valuable, not useful, or not necessary, because they are.”
She added that she received negative press about her parenting, was called a danger to her children, a disgrace to science and a member of the Hollywood Elite responsible for the killing of babies. “The truth is, I delayed vaccinations for reasons that you don’t necessarily get to know about simply because you follow me on social media.”
Allergies, seizures and compromised immune systems are some examples Bialik listed as side effects children could be exposed to due to the ingredients in vaccines. “As of today, my children may not have had every one of the vaccinations that your children have, but my children are vaccinated.”
Bialik then went on to say that she believes children receive “way too many vaccines in this country” compared to when she was a child and that “the medical community often operates from a place of fear in order to make money.”
However, she fully backs the Covid vaccine and believes that “herd immunity is critically important — that’s just science.”