Did George Clooney just say it’s time to force jab unvaccinated?!

Did George Clooney just say that it’s time to force jab every unvaccinated person in the United States?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : George Clooney just said it’s time to force jab unvaccinated!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed that George Clooney just said it’s time to force jab every unvaccinated person in the United States!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

George Clooney Says It’s Time To Force-Jab Every Unvaccinated Person In America

The time has come to force-jab every unvaccinated person in the United States, according to Hollywood actor George Clooney who declared his support for “mandatory vaccines, period” during a red carpet interview.

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Truth : George Clooney did not say it’s time to force jab unvaccinated!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : George Clooney Was Referring To Movie Sets

Let me start by simply pointing out that the George Clooney did not say that it’s time to force jab every unvaccinated person in the United States!

What George Clooney said was he supported mandatory vaccination on movie sets. This was what he actually said, when journalists asked him about mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations on movie sets:

Reporter : Now, as a filmmaker, do you support mandatory vaccines?

George Clooney : I support mandatory vaccines, period. I think every company should do it. Listen, I don’t care. To me, it’s really simple. We can look out for one another, we can take care of one or we cannot. It’s that simple, you know.

And all the people who want to talk about their independence and their freedom, you’re free to eat until you fall down the stairs, but you are not free to drive. The minute your freedom infringes on everyone else’s, then it stops. So, I believe very much in mandating that.

You will note that George Clooney said that he believes every (film) company should do it. He never said that people outside of movie sets should be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Unsurprisingly, The People’s Voice did not provide any actual evidence to back up its claim that George Clooney said it’s now time to force jab every unvaccinated person in the United States!!

Fact #2 : George Clooney Made Those Remarks In 2021

The People’s Voice article appears to suggest that George Clooney made those remarks about mandatory vaccination in April 2024. The truth is – George Clooney made those remarks in October 2021 – more than 2.5 years ago!

Why would anyone dig up an old video to claim or suggest that George Clooney thinks “the time has come to force-jab every unvaccinated person in the United States“?!

Not only he never said that, these are old remarks. Obviously, COVID-19 vaccines were never mandatory in the United States.

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Fact #3 : George Clooney Pointed Out Vaccine Improvements

George Clooney did say in the interview that polio vaccines from one factory ended up giving children polio, and killing some of them.  However, that was only to point out how vaccine safety has improved since then.

Clooney was referring to the 1955 Cutter Incident, when Cutter Laboratories mistakenly produced 120,000 doses of Salk’s polio vaccine that contained the live virus, instead of the inactivated (killed) virus. While Clooney said that the problem occurred because “they weren’t filtering out the formaldehyde”, that’s not accurate.

The polio viruses used in those vaccines were inactivated (killed) using formaldehyde. However, a combination of factors (source | source) led to improper / ineffective inactivation of those viruses:

  • Glass filters were used, instead of the recommended Seitz filter, which allow for faster filtration but also allowed small particles of cell debris to get through. Any cell debris that made it through would protect some of the polio virus from inactivation by formaldehyde.
  • Cutter used glass filters that were inferior to those used by other companies.
  • The filtered viruses were refrigerated for extended periods of time before formaldehyde was added to inactivate (kill) them. This allowed cell debris that got through the glass filters to clump together, further protecting viruses within those clumps from being inactivated by the formaldehyde.
  • Cutter Laboratories never established how long it would take for the formaldehyde to inactivate the polio viruses, and instead, treated the viruses at “variable lengths of time”.

In the end, 40,000 children developed abortive poliomyelitis (which did not involve the nervous system), while 56 developed paralytic poliomyelitis – 5 of whom eventually died. On top of that – the infected children created its own epidemic, paralysing a further 113 people, and killing 5 more.

Ultimately, the Cutter Incident had nothing to do with formaldehyde itself. It was the inadequate inactivation of the polio viruses in the vaccine that was the problem, not the formaldehyde.

This risk only affects the older inactivated vaccine technology, which requires careful quality-control scrutiny, and can be avoided by using newer mRNA, DNA, or protein subunit vaccine technologies. Hence, the successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines based on those newer vaccine technologies.

Fact #4 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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