By Gabrielle Remez, CNN
Travis Tritt performed the national anthem before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday night, his spokesman said, after the country star blasted the government’s “pamphlet” ordering parents to vaccinate their children.
Tritt tweeted about “the laziest ppl on the planet” and those who don’t vaccinate their children on Monday.
His sentiment was echoed by others in his fanbase, who took to Twitter to pile on. One tweeter likened vaccinating children to death by dilapidated, blocked-off streets. Another tweeted that people should simply go without vaccinations instead.
No decision should be made by mere scientists. They don’t know what they’re talking about. #vaccinepoisoning #contamination pic.twitter.com/yj8Oe8SlvK — Travis Tritt (@TravisTritt) September 18, 2018
Apparently all of that social media ire worked, because Tritt has been told he can perform during the first inning, a spokesman for his management company, Live Nation, told CNN.
CNN tried reaching Tritt on Wednesday, but got no response.
Tritt’s performance on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia followed his Monday rant. During a Facebook Live video, Tritt mentioned contractions, and then mentioned the government’s push to mandate vaccine schedules for kids.
“I am being pushed like every other country in the world to vaccinate all these kids. And that should not be even be an option,” he said. “It’s a piece of legislation. It’s a paper that’s being issued. It is the laziest ppl on the planet trying to have their agenda into play.”
Parents who don’t vaccinate their children shouldn’t be pushing an agenda over their children’s safety and well-being, Tritt said.
A spokesman for Citizens Bank Park declined to comment to CNN, citing the players’ on-field silence.
The government hasn’t been able to provide a specific schedule yet. “CDC will release the plan after finalization and testing,” Vicki Patton, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services, said Tuesday in a statement on the CDC website.
“The schedule will replace the vaccination-based schedule that went into effect in 2006,” she said.
The new schedule is currently under review by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a public health tracking system, the statement said.
It will include:
* An eighth dose of DTP at 5 to 6 months of age and the first dose of DTP at 12 to 15 months.
* A ninth dose of DTP at 4 to 5 years of age and the first dose of DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) at 12 to 15 months.
* A final dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis at 4 to 5 years of age.
* Third doses of DTP, in a three-year window, after the first dose and the eighth dose after the second dose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, has seen no evidence yet showing a link between vaccines and the rare but sometimes deadly disease that Tritt mentioned. And in August the Institute of Medicine concluded in a report on mercury and childhood vaccines that “there is no convincing evidence that mercury from vaccines” is linked to autism, pneumonia or other health problems.