South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) seeks to prevent President BidenJoe BidenJohn Kerry visits Moscow officials to discuss ‘global climate ambition’ Civil rights leaders find meeting with WH ‘encouraging’ amid battle with voting rights Pentagon sees places to send Afghan interpreters as Biden promises evacuations before the end of July MORE̵
McMaster wrote a letter to the State Board of Health and Environmental Control and ask it to “issue direction to agency management and to state and local health organizations that prohibit the use of the Biden administration’s” targeted “” door to door “tactics in the state’s ongoing vaccination efforts.”
He argued that “enticing, forcing, intimidating, imposing or pressuring” people to get their shots will undermine public confidence in the state’s vaccination efforts.
“The prospect of government vaccination teams meeting unannounced or unsolicited at” targeted “homeowners or on their property will further erode public confidence and could lead to potentially catastrophic consequences for public safety,” he said.
Biden highlighted door-to-door community outreach Tuesday as part of his new COVID-19 strategy after failing to meet its goal that at least 70 percent of Americans should have at least one vaccine dose by July 4th.
The effort has since received criticism from Republicans.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he did not want the government to “force vaccinations.”
And Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich criticized the strategy in letter to Bidenwith concern about the possibility of the government using private medical information to find out who has not been vaccinated.
“Let’s keep the bureaucrats away from American neighborhoods and keep these health care decisions between people and their trusted medical professionals,” Brnovich said.
The administration has taken a stand on the allegation that federal employees are forcing Americans to be vaccinated.
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Civil Rights leaders find meeting with WH ‘encouraging’ in midst of voting rights Pentagon sees places to send Afghan interpreters as Biden promises evacuations before the end of July. Rand Paul promises to introduce public transport mask mandate repeal MORE said Thursday that federal employees were not the ones who went door to door, but rather volunteers at the local level.
Jeff ZientsJeff Zients Researchers estimate that COVID-19 vaccines have saved over 280,000 lives White House signals new COVID-19 strategy as delta variant spreads Zients skirts questions about whether low-vaccinated areas should reintroduce mask mandates MORE, Coronavirus Response Coordinator in the White House, too said Thursday that anyone who spreads misinformation about the effort “is doing a disservice to the country and the doctors, faith leaders, community leaders and others working to get people vaccinated, save lives and help end this pandemic.”