The Door-to-Door Vaccination Salesman
Joe Biden wants to be “literally knocking on doors” to get people vaccinated.
An odd but somehow predictable thing has happened with the COVID vaccines — they’ve become political. And they might be coming to your front door.
Let’s review. President Donald Trump initiated Operation Warp Speed, a partnership between the federal government and several pharmaceutical companies, to produce multiple vaccines to a novel virus in record time. He set in motion a distribution plan that had nearly a million Americans receiving shots in the arm every day.
President Joe Biden liked to take credit for this early in his administration, but then he failed to reach his own goal of 70% of Americans fully vaccinated by July 4.
Why? As we noted yesterday, he blames racism and hesitancy among young people.
The real reason might be that his administration has so politicized the vaccines that Republicans are receiving the shot at a far lower rate than Democrats. CBS put the numbers at 45% and 86%, respectively.
How bizarre is that? The people that suffer Trump Derangement Syndrome, the people to whom you must not even whisper the word “hydroxychloroquine” because Trump once talked about it, are the ones lining up to get Trump’s vaccine. According to the latest CDC data only 49% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against the ChiCom Virus.
Meanwhile, Trump’s voters are rejecting it en masse. Is this a great country or what?
Now, that brings us to yesterday’s news, which included both Biden and his spokesperson, Jen Psaki, talking about a door-to-door vaccination effort.
To be clear, neither one directly said they’d be giving shots to people at their doors. That would be a whole other level of authoritarian creepiness — and perhaps not beyond Team Biden. But even the notion of sending either bureaucrats or volunteers to knock on your door merely to evangelize you about the vaccines has, at best, a cultish feel to it, and the only effect it will have for the unvaccinated is to confirm their determination not to receive the shot(s).
“Our administration is going to devote the remainder of the summer to a special focus on five ways to make gains and getting those of you who are unvaccinated vaccinated,” said Biden. “We need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door to door, literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people, protected from the virus.”
Psaki likewise talked about “a targeted community-by-community, door-to-door outreach to get remaining Americans vaccinated, by ensuring they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
Some of the alarm no doubt comes from the fact that Psaki went on to use the term “strike forces” to describe the effort. Nothing says “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” like a vaccination “strike force.”
Even if the effort is far more benign than “strike force” implies, how will the government know which doors to knock on? Vaccine passports?
Either way, there was a certain mob threat implicit from Psaki. “There are much higher rates of vaccinations in some parts of the country over others,” she said, “and we certainly support their decisions to implement any measures that they think will help [keep] their community safe.” In other words, reimpose restrictions.
Nice community you’ve got there. Shame if anything happened to it.
Unsurprisingly, the reaction from Republicans was swift and defiant. “How about don’t knock on my door,” said Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw. “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?”
Why indeed. Because “progressives” think they know everything and therefore make better decisions than you do. They can make you buy health insurance, make you celebrate someone else’s gender dysphoria, teach you what history to appreciate and which historical figures to hate, decide what generates your electricity, and spend your money more charitably.
Why can’t they knock on your door and kindly ask if you have a personal relationship with the COVID vaccine?
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