As RedState reported earlier today, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that so-far unnamed operatives would be going “door to door” to check vaccine status in an attempt to increase vaccinations among the population. Obviously, that’s a concerning development, and I’ll get into my personal thoughts on that in a minute.
But to drive home the fact that it wasn’t just an off-hand comment by Psaki, President Joe Biden repeated the same pledge just hours later. This is apparently a vetted, thought-out messaging strategy, which is just insane when you consider how it’s probably going to be received by those who aren’t vaccinated.
BIDEN: "We need to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oft times door-to-door, literally knocking on doors" to get people vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/oJ2lG9bqaw
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 6, 2021
To start, by what authority does the federal government have the right to knock on the doors of those who haven’t been vaccinated to pressure them into it? I understand public service announcements and such, but this seems many levels beyond that. No one, especially someone from the government, should be going to people’s houses to demand private medical decisions of them. Is the goal here to just hand out pamphlets? If so, then why not just say that instead of being so vague about the intentions at play?
But as Ted Cruz advisor Omri Ceren notes, the other big question here is exactly where these supposed door knockers would be getting their information from?
This language is a lot more specific than what Psaki used, so – again – the obvious question: how do they have national household-level data on vaccinations? Because they didn't get it from surveys, which are anonymized.
And if it's just an expression, what's the actual policy? https://t.co/JvI2ExFiwr
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) July 6, 2021
My assumption is that the Biden administration doesn’t actually have the data to know who is or isn’t vaccinated. That’s going to be a problem if the goal is to actually knock on doors, and again, we’ve now had Psaki and Biden say that specifically. How will they know what doors to knock on? In the absence of that information, are they going to randomly knock on doors and then demand to know vaccination status? I don’t think that’s going to go over very well if so.
None of this makes any sense, and maybe it’s not meant to. Perhaps it’s more of a scare tactic?
Regardless, this seems like an absolutely terrible strategy to encourage vaccinations among people who haven’t bothered yet, whether that be black Americans (the highest per capita “vaccine skeptical” group) or those who dwell in more rural areas. Does anyone think a Republican voter living ten minutes out of town is going to take kindly to some government operative knocking on their door telling them they need to get vaccinated? If anything, the White House strategy seems completely counter-productive, more likely to cause derision and push people further away from the vaccine.
Here’s the reality — the vaccine is available and everyone knows it’s available. It’s a complete waste of money, not to mention a massive overreach, for the federal government to keep pushing this so hard. Those that want the shot have probably already gotten it. Those that haven’t likely have their reasons, whether it’s natural immunity or the fact that their daily lives (i.e. rural Americans) just don’t put them at much risk. Others will get it when they feel like getting it.
Risks exist in all facets of life, and you can’t force everyone to eliminate them in the same way. We are well into the personal choice phase of the COVID pandemic. That Biden doesn’t recognize is par for the course.