Robert F. Kennedy Jr. strongly reiterated his stance against the mandatory vaccination of children on Tuesday.
The environmental lawyer and activist addressed the audience at a Sacramento, California, screening of the documentary Trace Amounts, which links autism to thimerosal, a vaccine preservative.
Although many studies have disproved this alleged link, and thimerosal has been removed from almost all childhood vaccines, Kennedy warned against the dangers of vaccinating children.
“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of 103, they go to sleep and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy, 61, said, reported the Sacramento Bee. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
Kennedy has long had concerns about thimerosal and vaccines, per the Washington Post, and last year he edited a book titled Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak.
Kennedy’s comments, as well as the film’s screening, come as a bill requiring all children to be vaccinated begins to work its way through the California legislature. According to the Bee, Kennedy credited the film with helping to halt the progress of a similar measure in Oregon. He advised the audience not to place their trust in public-health officials.
“[The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” said Kennedy, who is the nephew of former president John F. Kennedy and the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.