The Biden administration says Americans who receive a knock at the door about their COVID-19 vacation status have nothing to worry about because it’s “absolutely the government’s business.”
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra took to CNN on Thursday to defend door-to-door efforts across the nation to boost the nation’s vaccination rates.
Critics say the program, which has used local volunteers since April to glean information on low-vaccination rate-communities, constitutes overreach by the government.
“I wonder if you can answer that criticism: ‘It’s none of the government’s business knowing who has or hasn’t been vaccinated.’ What do you say?” CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Mr. Becerra.
Her guest, speaking in conjunction with a chyron reading “Right-Wing Hits Biden on ‘Door-to-Door’ Vaccination Efforts,” was direct and to the point with the “New Day” host.
“The federal government has had to spend trillions of dollars to try to keep Americans alive during this pandemic, so it is absolutely the government’s business,” Mr. Becerra responded. “It is the taxpayer’s business if we have to continue to spend money to try to keep people from contracting COVID and helping reopen the economy.”
He then punctuated his position by noting: “Knocking on a door has never been against the law.”
A related sentiment was echoed Wednesday evening by Dr. Anthony Fauci during an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House chief medical adviser framed unvaccinated Americans as engaging in partisan political activism.
“It’s easy to get, it’s free, and it’s readily available,” the doctor said of COVID-19 vaccines. “So, you know, you’ve got to ask, ‘What is the problem?’ Get over it. Get over this political statement. Just get over it and try and save the lives of yourself and your family.”