President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he will launch a COVID-19 vax campaign. In it, strangers would visit Americans in an effort to urge them to take the vaccine against the said disease.
In his announcement, Biden said that they need to go “community by community” or even door-to-door to make sure the rest of the people have protection from the virus.
This announcement has been met with scrutiny and backlash. Many think it’s a campaign that seems like it would happen in a Communist country.
However, instead of retracting this idea, Biden’s administration is doubling down on it.
On Thursday, in a CNN interview, Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Health and Human Services Department asserted that it is the government’s business to know which Americans have received the vaccine.
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Yahoo News reported that Becerra made his comments in response to a tweet written by GOP Rep. Andy Biggs. The representative mentioned that the government should not survey the American people. It should also not remain privy to know who received the vaccine or not.
Biggs and other lawmakers slammed the Biden administration following White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s statements. She said they might have to knock on doors, literally, to pressure people who have held off from receiving the shot.
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The administration has missed its vaccination goal of having 20% of adults vaccinated before the Fourth of July. Due to this, they are trying to find new, innovative strategies and incentives that would persuade those who are hesitant.
Becerra then said that the huge cost that the government incurred from managing COVID, as well as the economic crisis it cost, justifies keeping an eye on vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens.
According to Becerra, the federal government has spent trillions trying to keep Americans alive during the pandemic. With this, he said keeping tabs on the people is definitely the government’s business. He added that it’s also taxpayer’s business if the situation had them spend money. They needed to keep people from getting the virus and reopen the economy.
“It is our business to make sure Americans can prosper, freely associate, and knocking on the door has never been against the law. You don’t have to answer, but we hope you do so we can help dispel some of those rumors that you’ve heard and hopefully get you vaccinated,” the secretary continued.
Apart from this, Becerra was also asked if he supports the government’s vaccine requirements.
To this, he said that Biden managed to demonstrate his openness to moving in a set path. It’s one they can take that would help Americans become and feel safe. He added that the administration will continue providing the people access. Also, they promise to go where the people are so that they can receive their vaccination.