Speaking in a town hall hosted by CNN on Wednesday, July 21, among the other issues associated with his presidency, President Joe Biden talked about his concerns about unvaccinated Americans.
The U.S. lately reported rises in Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus or COVID-19 infections across all 50 states. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the Delta variant makes up 83% of the cases. Biden is frustrated by the unwillingness of Americans to accept the vaccines. He said it’s not a pandemic within the vaccinated community.
“We have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten the vaccination—it’s that basic, that simple,” he said on the CNN town hall, according to the Associated Press.
The country has been seeing slow progress in getting more Americans vaccinated, which prompted Biden to suggest a “door-to-door” calling on July 7 that involves having people knocking on the door of each household to try and educate citizens of the vaccine’s benefits.
The Biden administration has particularly attributed the resistance to vaccines to online “misinformation”, which damages people’s trust in the experimental jabs. His door-to-door proposal would aim to counter that, sending people to each house to give information of how safe and beneficial the vaccines are.
“There’s legitimate questions people can ask if they worry about getting vaccinated, but the question should be asked, answered and people should get vaccinated,” Biden said as reported by BBC.
The campaign does not mean unvaccinated people will be forcefully inoculated against their will. However, many critics have slammed it, saying it could violate their freedom of medical choice.
“But this is not a pandemic,” Biden asserted, referring to the vaccinated community, who he said were pandemic-free guaranteed.
“If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die. So it’s gigantically important that … we all act like Americans who care about our fellow Americans.”
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) is already doing his own version of Biden’s “door-to-door” campaign, conducting a statewide vaccination tour where he met vaccine doubters in person and spoke with them.
What Hutchinson has faced by far since his tour launched, is that residents mostly reject the jabs because they could not trust the government.
There has not been much positive data about the vaccines’ safety from outside the U.S. For example, in Britain, Public Health England (PHE) data consistently reflects higher death rates in vaccine breakthrough cases linked to the Delta variant.
Vaccines for the CCP Virus can lead to adverse side effects in a small proportion of recipients, such as blood clots and heart inflammation which has been fatal for some. The CDC and FDA both have acknowledged this reality, but they would usually say the benefits “outweigh the potential risks.”