The White House slammed door-to-door opponents of vaccination and said they were doing “a disservice” to the country.
Jeffrey Zients, the White House‘s coronavirus response coordinator, commented Thursday on the ongoing efforts by President Joe Biden’s administrations to vaccinate more Americans.
Speaking during the coronavirus briefing at the White House, Zients said, “The best people to talk about vaccination, the ones who have questions are local trustworthy messengers. Doctors, religious leaders, community leaders. to the door.”
Zients’ remarks come after President Biden said vaccinations would have to “go door to door – literally knocking on doors – to help the remaining people protected from the virus.”
President Biden was keen to get more Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine after his administration failed to stab 70 percent of Americans with at least one dose by July 4.
Zients continued, “We have seen movement moving from person to person, from community to community. As the President said, we will do this by walking community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, person by person.
“By partnering with local leaders, governors, mayors, doctors, school administrators, employers, faith leaders and community organizers, leaders who people know and trust. One shot after the other, one person after the other. “
However, Zients then targeted people and groups whom he said had tried to “misrepresent” the vaccination effort.
He added, “For these people, organizations that are feeding misinformation and trying to misrepresent this type of trustworthy messenger work, I believe you are doing the country a disservice.”
Republicans are among the loudest critics of the Biden government‘s door-to-door efforts.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) commented on the effort, expressing concern that it might create a framework that could eventually lead to guns and Bibles being taken away.
He said earlier this month, “The thing about the mechanisms you would have to build to actually do this massive – and then think about what those mechanisms could be used for. You could go door to door pick up your guns. Then they could go door to door to take your Bibles with them. “
MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was criticized by Jewish groups after she tweeted, “People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts on their doorstep to order vaccinations. You can’t force people to participate in the human experiment. “
The CDC has said that COVID-19 vaccines are “safe and effective” and recommends that people get pricked “ASAP.
News week has asked the White House for comment.