The Biden administration’s plan to ramp up efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID by “literally knocking on doors” has sparked backlash.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced plans to ramp up the federal government’s efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID under a new program that includes “literally knocking on doors,” as Biden puts it.
“So, please get vaccinated now. It works. It’s free. And it’s never been easier, and it’s never been more important. Do it now — for yourself and the people you care about; for your neighborhood; for your country. It sounds corny, but it’s a patriotic thing to do.”
According to data from the CDC, more than 67% of American adults have received at least one shot and more than 157 million are fully vaccinated.
Under the new program, Biden said the White House will deploy teams of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Administration and other federal health agencies.
The Biden administration developed a state, county and sub-state level predictions map of hesitancy rates using the most recently available federal survey data.
Plan sparks backlash
Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., criticized the plan, saying it would “accomplish nothing beyond making Americans fear and despise their government.”
“It’s a foreboding fork in the road to totalitarianism. We are now moving beyond the propaganda stage into this very coercive program where federal agents appear at American homes with the menacing message: ‘We know who you are and where you live. We have you on our list, we have your medical records, we want your neighbors to know that you are dangerous. We don’t recognize your property or privacy rights. You must take our untested, experimental pharmaceutical product. If you want to end this harassment, you must submit to a risky medical intervention made by an unscrupulous company with no liability and if you die or suffer permanent neurological injury, tough luck!’”
Biden’s announcement also sparked backlash on Twitter.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted:
The gov’t doesn’t decide who gets vaccinated. You do.
Do not submit to the fearmongers. https://t.co/NDCRUE3wCV
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 7, 2021
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton chimed in, tweeting:
Not on my watch! https://t.co/wGaSZeLWiq
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 6, 2021