Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Biden administration, shot back at critics of the latest plan to use door-to-door tactics to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, stating that it’s “absolutely the government’s business” to obtain or keep records of citizens’ private health records.
The Biden administration boldly announced at the start of this week that they would be forming specialized “strike forces,” tasked with harassing people in a door-to-door campaign, asking individuals if they’ve been vaccinated and trying to convince the unvaccinated that it’s safe and easy to get the shot.
Biden said that the effort involves “literally knocking on doors,” in order to get the last batch of Americans vaccinated against COVID.
Biden’s plan was met with blowback and backlash immediately, as citizens expressed concerns about their privacy and the idea of government agents coercing them against their wishes, to Republican legislators who slammed Biden and supporting Democrats for so blatantly using the government to cross individuals about their private healthcare decisions.
Becerra spoke to CNN on Thursday, claiming that he believes it’s “absolutely” the government’s business to go about this campaign and hold records of who and who is not vaccinated. He offered no justification for why the government should have or use that information other than that the pandemic exists.
Becerra tried to justify that the government has a right to vaccine data and knocking on individuals door because the government spent trillions of dollars on COVID-19. But where does he think those trillions of government dollars came from?
Becerra also defensively stated that “knocking on a door” isn’t illegal, and said that those who don’t wish to be bothered about their vaccine status simply don’t have to answer “but we hope you do,” he added.
The Biden administration is trying to catch up to their missed goal of 70% vaccination by July 4th, which they fell short of by more than 3% if the figure is read optimistically.
67% of American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, but the most prevalent vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer require two shots to be fully effective.
Author: Virginia Bush