Joe Biden revealed a new initiative on Tuesday to go “door to door, literally knocking on doors,” in hopes of convincing Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are continuing to wind down the mass vaccination sites that did so much in the spring to rapidly vaccinate those eager to get their first and second shot,” Biden said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “Now we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door to door, literally knocking on doors, to help get the remaining people protected from the virus.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the federal government intends to “get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring that they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
Daily Caller reported that the door-knocking effort will be done by volunteers and “not federal government employees,” as many people feared.
“These are grassroots voices across the country. They are not members of the government, they are not federal government employees,” Psaki claimed. “They are volunteers, they are clergy, they are trusted voices in communities that are playing this role and door-knocking.” The government will use data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to target communities with low vaccination rates.
An Biden official told the Daily Caller that the government will not obtain private medical information on non-vaccinated Americans.
“Using CDC data, we targeted areas with low vaccination rates and large ‘movable’ populations, and knocked on every door there,” the official mentioned. “We saw movement in states where we deployed this tactic, including in Alabama, Florida, Texas and Georgia which had vaccination rates above the national average in the month of June. We plan to continue this work moving forward in the months ahead.”
Unsurprisingly, the door-to-door vaccination campaign was met with backlash from several GOP lawmakers, including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who on Thursday sent a letter to the White House voicing his opposition.
“I, along with many Arizonans, was greatly alarmed by your White House indicating it might be in possession of medical records revealing the contact information of Americans who have not been vaccinated,” Brnovich wrote. “If this is the case, this is a severe breach of privacy, and I will not tolerate such intrusions within Arizona.”
“Americans trust medical researchers and their family doctors to provide information and recommendations to make personal decisions but they do not trust government intrusion or the politicization of the health care process … If Americans are on the fence about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, it would be most inappropriate for bureaucrats to single them out – regardless of motives or intentions,” Brnovich stated.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, took to Twitter to express his dissent and call for the government to “let people be free to choose.”
“Vaccine education and conversation should be between a doctor and patient, not by a grassroot government door knocker,” said Physician and Fox News Contributor Dr. Nicole Saphire.
The vaccination effort is a response to the Biden administration’s failed goal to have 70 percent of the American adult population vaccinated with at least the first dose by July 4.
According to the CDC, more than 67 percent of adults have received at least one dose and more than 157 million have been fully vaccinated.