By: Konrad Holden
In a speech Tuesday at the White House, President Biden announced plans to roll out a coordinated vaccination outreach by the federal government. This plan includes pushing more vaccination shots available at family doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and even workplaces. But the most controversial part is Biden’s promise to push more vaccinations by “literally knocking on doors.” Many conservatives pushed back on the door-to-door strategy in Biden’s plan.
Early on Tuesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that President Biden would be giving a speech outlining the new COVID-19 vaccine push after the administration failed to reach its goal of 70% vaccination rate by July 4th.
And President Biden outlined the strategies his administration would take as a “whole-of-government response at the federal, state, and local levels to defeat the pandemic.” This is a coordinated and taxpayer-funded effort of the federal government to encourage its citizens to get a vaccine.
This is all despite the fact that many Americans are living relatively normal lives again and over 50% view the worst of the pandemic as pretty much over.
But the most ‘notable’ part of Biden’s plan is the “door by door” approach they plan to take. While it isn’t clear how exactly this will be carried out, Biden was clear that there will be people “literally knocking on doors.”
Many Republicans spoke out against this policy. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado said, "The government now wants to go door-to-door to convince you to get an ‘optional’ vaccine." Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell responded with a simple “Hell no.”
And GOP strategist Matt Whitlock spoke even more strongly: "Whoever suggested that the best way to reach remaining vaccine skeptics was to talk about going door to door should be fired immediately.”
"How about don’t knock on my door. You’re not my parents. You’re the government. Make the vaccine available, and let people be free to choose. Why is that concept so hard for the left?" - Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas)
"Vaccine education and conversation should be between a doctor and patient, not by a grassroots government door knocker." - Dr. Nicole Saphier