On a Tuesday news conference, White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki announced that the Biden Administration would take measures to increase the rate of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible Americans.
She particularly stressed that the authorities intend to go door-to-door in order to encourage the unvaccinated U.S. citizens to take the jab.
Psaki emphasized that it would be nearly impossible to reach a herd immunity without a much higher vaccination rate, especially given that the more transmissible Delta Variant is now being spread across the U.S. and other countries across the world.
The White House press secretary pointed to five areas of vaccination rate improvement President Biden plans to focus on, with the door-to-door campaign as the number one on the list.
She said that the purpose of such a vigorous initiative would be to inform each American citizen about the vaccine’s efficacy and safety, regardless of their location.
The backlash from social media
Many social media users, particularly those on Twitter, criticized Psaki’s take on Administration’s further step in the vaccination campaign.
One of the users said that there is no point in forcing people to get vaccinated against the virus that has a 99 percent survival rate.
Another one, however, compared Psaki’s announcement to the behavior of Nazi troops during the 40s.
Some people even wondered if some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus are true, such as the one that the true aim of vaccination is to track people.
Psaki’s conference even prompted J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy, to comment.
Waller asked how the authorities would be able to conduct a door-to-door vaccination campaign if, as they said, there is no central database of vaccine recipients.
Merissa Hamilton, another Twitter user, went further by asking if the upcoming campaign might involve the breach of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which prohibits the non-consensual disclosure of health-sensitive information.
Joe Kent, a Congress candidate from Washington, suspected that the door-to-door vaccination campaign might be another Biden Administration’s authoritarian instrument to assess citizen’s” loyalty to the regime.”
Even though around 50 percent of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated so far, experts believe that a much higher percentage of Americans needs to be immunized in order to bring the pandemic to an end.
Yet, many people do not see any necessity to receive the jab given the low rates of severe disease among the infected individuals.
In the light of such opposing views, it would certainly take some time to see what course would the coronavirus crisis take this fall and beyond.