Fox News reports that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki referred to the president's "door-to-door" effort while listing the five objectives of Biden's COVID response earlier in the day at Tuesday's briefing, citing "targeted community door-to-door outreach" to "get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring that they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is."
"Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected, and because of that, their communities are at risk," said Biden after the COVID-19 briefing. "Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus."
Responding to GOP criticisms of the Biden administration's planned "door-to-door" campaign to encourage unvaccinated Americans to inoculate themselves, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told CNN the 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, it is taxpayers' business, if we have to continue to spend money to try to keep people from contracting COVID and helping reopen the economy," he said.
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Twila Brase, RN and president/co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, does not plan on answering the door.
"If the government comes knocking on your door, the people inside should refuse to open the door," she says. "The last thing you want is to be accosted at your home by a government agent who either wants to vaccinate you right there at your home or wants to have an argument or debate with you about why you have chosen not to be vaccinated."
"How about don't knock on my door. You're not my parents," Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) likewise reacted. "You're the government. Make the vaccine available, and let people be free to choose. Why is that concept so hard for the left?"
Brase insists that is not a position the government should ever be in and says, "This is not a job of the government to do this to the American people."
"The virus is on the run, and America is coming back," said Biden. "This is one of the greatest achievements in American history, and you, the American people, made it happen. But our fight against this virus is not over."
The Epoch Times reports that students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be subjected to daily virus testing and a mask mandate. But parents are suing the district over those plans. While LAUSD contends it's about safety, Kristina Heuser – one of the Tyler & Bursch attorneys representing the parents – contends these precautions are primarily about power.
"… This is about the teachers' union having control over the school boards and local school district and making decisions that are not in the best interest of children and families," she argues.
According to the attorney, the health information collected from the children will be downloaded into Microsoft's Daily Pass software so administrators can monitor the situation.
"But tomorrow what will they decide to use that information for once they have it?" Heuser wonders. "Parents are not comfortable with that – and rightly so."
The Epoch Times reports the information gathered also can be circulated to other corporate and government entities without explicit consent.
And in the schools ...
Meanwhile, Ohio has passed House Bill 244, a law banning schools and universities from mandating that students and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a prerequisite to work at or attend a school in The Buckeye State.
Linda Harvey of Mission America says lawmakers there recognize the government and other organizations cannot require people to receive a vaccine that has not received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. She believes families should be allowed to make their own decisions.
"I think a lot of people just believe that, certainly with our kids, this is definitely something that needs to be left up to families in consultation with physicians and not be dictated by the state government," she tells One News Now.
The bill awaits Governor Mike DeWine's (R) signature, but Harvey is not exactly counting on that. "DeWine has been very much on the trajectory of wanting to be overly cautious, and that has caused a lot of grief and dissention within certainly the Republican ranks," she observes.
DeWine has declined to publicly say whether or not he intends to sign the bill.