Biden administrator launches door-to-door campaign to immunize Americans, sparks backlash
Biden administration launches new “door-to-door” effort to vaccinate Americans after falling short of its July 4 target of having 70% of the adult population with at least one injection of the coronavirus vaccine .
Amid the administration’s lingering concerns about a wave of the more contagious Delta variant of the virus, President Biden outlined his plan to increase the vaccinated population during remarks he made on Tuesday.
“Now we have to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood and often door to door – literally knocking on doors, to get help for the remaining people protected from the virus,” Biden said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also referred to the “door-to-door” effort while listing the five goals of Biden’s COVID response earlier today in Tuesday’s briefing , citing “targeted door-to-door community outreach” to “get the rest Americans vaccinated by ensuring they have the information they need about vaccine safety and accessibility.”
Critics were quick to criticize the new initiative on social media, including several GOP lawmakers.
“How about not knocking on my door. You are not my parents. You are the government. Make the vaccine available and let people free to choose. Why is this concept so difficult for the left? ” Representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, responded to the president.
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“The government now wants to go door-to-door to convince you to get a ‘optional’ vaccine,” said Representative Lauren Bobert, R-Colo.
“Hell no,” exclaimed Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell.
“Education and conversation about vaccines should be between doctor and patient, not a grassroots government door knocker,” wrote doctor and Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier.
“A lot of people have big government antibodies. Don’t knock on those doors,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky wrote.
“It is NOT a government business to know who has or has not been vaccinated,” R-Az Representative Andy Biggs also said.
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“Whoever suggested that the best way to reach skeptics about the remaining vaccines was to talk about going door-to-door should be fired immediately. He’s the Beto O’Rourke of vaccine awareness,” he said. GOP strategist Matt Whitlock told the Biden administration.
“How will the government know who is and is not vaccinated for this kind of targeting?” Ashe Short, editor of the Daily Wire, asked.