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In the wake of the Biden administration’s announcement that it plans to go “door-to-door” to ensure vaccine compliance, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to prohibit the federal government from creating and maintaining a federal database of Americans who’ve received COVID-19 vaccines.
Cruz introduced the bill shortly after Joe Biden and White House officials announced a plan to use tax dollars to hire a “strike force” of individuals to knock on doors in regions of the United States with relatively low vaccination rates.
Biden announced the vaccination initiative last Tuesday, stating, “we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and often times door by door — literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people.”
Neither Biden nor Psaki elaborated on details of the plan, including which states or areas it planned to target, how long it would last, or what the outreach teams would actually do.
The initiative was announced after the White House failed to meet its stated goal of reaching 70% of American adults with at least one shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 67% of adults received at least one shot, and 157 million people have received two.
Following Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s promise to perform this “door-to-door” outreach, Cruz said on Twitter:
“When the Biden admin calls for ‘targeted’ ‘door-to-door outreach’ to get people vaccinated, it comes across as a g-man saying: ‘We know you’re unvaccinated, let’s talk, comrade.’ My bill to ban federal vaccine passports prohibits the feds from maintaining a vaccine database.”
When the Biden admin calls for "targeted" "door-to-door outreach" to get people vaccinated, it comes across as a g-man saying: “We know you're unvaccinated, let’s talk, comrade.”
My bill to ban federal vaccine passports prohibits the feds from maintaining a vaccine database. pic.twitter.com/RJbtGLc8zN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 8, 2021
Senator Cruz’s bill, which is still being drafted, reads as follows:
“To the extent any federal department or agency has received, obtained, collected, aggregated, stored, or is otherwise in possession of any data or records from officials, including public health officials, in any state, the District of Columbia, or any territory, or any third party who administered or has information related to the administration of any COVID-19 vaccinations, including health care providers and insurers, such data and records about any individuals’ vaccination status shall be destroyed by the federal department or agency and, if in digital form, that data record shall be deleted in its entirety within 30 days of the enactment of this act.”
Cruz was applauded for his response to Biden from conservatives, while Biden voters defended the concept. One commenter said “Vaccine passports are the best idea ever. How did you ever come up with such a great idea? Also going door to door to deliver vaccines even better. We should have done that last year. Hell, you might even have retained the former guy.”
As reported by Conservative Brief, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra defended the move, stating that “it is absolutely the government’s business” to know if you got the jab.
“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 on CNN.
Becerra later remarked on Twitter that his remarks were “taken wildly out of context,” adding that “We’re encouraging people to step up to protect themselves, others by getting vaccinated. It’s the best way to save lives and end this pandemic.”
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw was one of the Biden plan’s many critics and condemned it on social media. “How about don’t knock on my door. You’re not my parents. You’re the government. Make the vaccine available, and let people be free to choose,” he wrote.
“In 2021, the nine most terrifying words in the English language: ‘I’m from the government, have you been vaccinated yet?’” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs also remarked.