(USA Features) Republicans pounced on the Biden administration Tuesday after officials floated the notion of going “door-to-door” in regions of the country to see if Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
The critiques came after President Joe Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki both said the administration was considering such a move.
“Now we need to go community to community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oft-times door to door, literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people,” President Joe Biden said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The administration has been pushing vaccinations hard, especially after failing to meet a stated goal of having 70% of the country vaccinated by July 4.
The “targeted community-by-community, door-to-door outreach” to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness was mentioned as part of a five-step vaccination outreach plan, Psaki said at the daily press briefing.
The other pieces of the plan are:
- Vaccine distribution to primary-care physicians.
- Vaccine distribution to pediatricians to reach children 12-18.
- Work-place vaccination clinics.
- Mobile vaccination clinics.
But several Republicans pushed back hard on the door-to-door initiative.
“It’s NONE of the governments [sic] business knowing who has or hasn’t been vaccinated,” Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeted.
“A lot of people have big government antibodies. Don’t knock on those doors,” Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky noted.
“The government now wants to go door-to-door to convince you to get an ‘optional’ vaccine,” Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado added.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas wrote, “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?”
“Hell no,” noted former Rep. Sean Parnell, who is now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio.
“Whoever suggested that the best way to reach remaining vaccine skeptics was to talk about going door to door should be fired immediately. It’s the Beto O’Rourke of vaccine outreach,” wrote GOP strategist Matt Whitlock.