(USA Features) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pushed back Thursday on the Biden administration’s suggestion it could send teams “door-to-door” in some parts of the country to determine whether Americans have been vaccinated yet against COVID-19.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Paxton said that’s the “last thing” residents of his state need is for the federal government to come calling on them.
“It should be completely up to individuals to decide what their own personal risks are, what their health situation is, and the fact that the government might know whether you’ve been vaccinated is disturbing,” Paxton said on Newsmax’s “National Report.”
“From a privacy standpoint, the last thing we want the government to know about is our personal health information,” Paxton continued.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden was considering a number of options to ensure Americans were fully informed about the vaccines and their record of safety. But she added it will be up to individuals if they want to get the shot or not.
Biden himself also said Wednesday that a “door-to-door” option was also under consideration.
Paxton, however, vowed to seek a legal remedy to prevent the administration’s door-to-door campaign if need be.
“We’re definitely going to be looking at our opportunities in court to stop them from going door to door and then we’re also going to get into the whole issue of what information do they have about us?” said Paxton.
He went on to say that in his state, he does not believe there is an access problem to the vaccine, only that “there’s more vaccines than there are takers.”
“Initially of course, when the vaccine first came out, there was a lineup and they went by age and health issues, but at this point, people can make their own decisions,” he added.
The AG also ripped the Biden administration over its handling of the ongoing border and drug-smuggling crisis.
“For those Americans who approve of this, they basically are approving of the cartels gaining greater strength because they are having these people are coming across the border, having to pay to get across and pay the cartels thousands of dollars, and then they have a connection to the cartel going forward,” he said.
“In addition, there’s more drug-running going on than there ever has been, and it’s pretty scary. It’s a disaster. It’s a crisis. Don’t know how people can see it any other way,” he added.