The Biden Administration has visibly failed to reach the goal of at least 70 percent of American adults receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by Independence Day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, as of Monday, around 67.7 percent of adult American citizens had received at least one dose of the jab, which amounts to 174.8 million people.
The stats about fully vaccinated individuals fare even worse: the CDC reported that a little bit less than 160 million people received both doses, which is about 48 percent of the total U.S. population.
The vaccination failure prompted President Biden to announce the door-to-door campaign aimed at delivering vaccines to as many Americans as possible.
A well-known media outlet Politico reported on Monday that federal authorities plan to “work” with social media companies and phone message carriers in order to get “more accurate information out there.”
Politico revealed that one of the main plans is to employ more fact-checkers and cooperate with Short Message Service (SMS) providers on limitations to the misinformation spread.
White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz stressed that the Administration is “trying to get the politics out of its vaccination campaign,” adding that any “spread of misinformation” is perceived as a ”threat to the public health.”
Attacking the proposed actions
Many notable conservatives raised their voices against the proposed policies.
Republican South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced that his government would try to prevent any unwanted door-to-door events across the state.
He said that such a move would come to prevent the further deterioration of trust toward the public institutions and avert bad effects on public safety.
Republican North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn said that the introduction of the door-to-door mechanism for vaccination could open the door for future activities that might take guns or even Bibles out of people’s homes.
And indeed, it might prove to be quite risky to engage in such aggressive behavior.
On the one hand, the Administration is already walking on the edge, and any action that involves coming at people’s doors could lead to an unnecessary confrontation.
It could also present a violation of people’s rights.
Furthermore, such activities might prove to be entirely ineffective from the vaccination success standpoint.
Instead of getting more people to receive vaccines, the door-to-door campaign, including the regulation of phone messages, might make people more aversive to the COVID-19 vaccine.