Tucker Carlson has condemned American colleges and universities for requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, arguing that such mandates 'forbid kids from getting an education'.
The Fox News host - who has been clear that he is personally pro-vaccine - ripped into the mandates that have already been adopted by more than 100 schools on his show on Monday night.
He asserted that schools forcing students to provide proof of vaccination is part of a larger campaign by Democrats to take bodily autonomy away from citizens.
'Just because there is no official federal requirement to take the coronavirus vaccine does not mean that you and your family won't be required to take it, with the full backing of the Biden administration, private industry and nonprofits may be forcing you to,' Carlson said.
'Colleges across the country have announced that they will require vaccine passports in the fall. Students who can't show proof of COVID vaccination will not be allowed on campus,' he added, citing Yale, Georgetown, Princeton, Duke, Columbia, and the University of California system as examples.
'You can see where this is going, and at high speed. Soon, virtually all college students in America will be required to take the COVID vaccine. In effect, it is a national mandate,' Carlson continued.
'Why are schools doing this and is it a good idea? From a medical standpoint, it's hard to understand the reasoning behind this.
'As a group, young people are not at risk of dying from COVID. Maybe more significant, huge numbers of college students have already been infected with the coronavirus. We know that. And therefore, they have natural immunity to it.
'So, why do these kids need the vaccine? No one has explained that.'