Conservative comedian of Saturday Night Live Rob Schneider reacted to President Biden’s strategy to get more citizens vaccinated in the face of the aggressively infectious Delta variant of COVID-19. He said Biden’s approach is “more of a danger to our society than anything we have faced during this last year.”
Ever since taking the Oval Office, the Biden administration has been fervent in getting Americans vaccinated, but attempts lately have started to falter with the remaining citizens refusing to take the shots due to doubts about the experimental vaccines’ safety.
On July 6, the president announced that he would send people to the door of each citizen to convince the unvaccinated to get the doses. While the door-to-door campaign does not mean people will be hunted down and be forced to get the jabs against their will, many critics said the government does not have the right to track down people’s vaccination records.
Schneider sees it as “coercion.”
“We should never abandon our liberal principles and international stance on body autonomy, free informed choice, and human rights and support unprecedented coercion of professional health workers, patients and people to have experimental treatments with limited safety data,” he said, according to Life Site News.
CNBC on July 13 reported that cases of Delta-infected patients are increasing in places where vaccination rates are low. At present, countries worldwide are straining to battle the highly infectious version of the COVID-19, many of which have not actively sought to get their community vaccinated, such as Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asian nations.
In an update on Twitter, the conservative comedian encouraged people to keep declining if someone knocks on their door and tries to advise them to get the jabs.
“My body, my choice!” he wrote.
Fears of the vaccines are understandable, however. Since the products were rushed under emergency orders, rigorous study about their potential effects might be omitted.
Most importantly, because half of the American population is now fully vaccinated, reports on the severe side-effects and deaths after the injection keeps circulating. So although the cases may be a rare possibility, not all would risk compromising their health with the jabs.
In relation to getting protected in face of the transmissive Delta variant, authorities in the U.K. reported that the doses are indeed effective in blocking infections. But that presents a paradox, as their data also shows that those who contract the Delta variant despite being fully vaccinated have much higher risks of dying than the unvaccinated.
In order to achieve herd immunity, the United States must have at least more than 70% of its population immunized. Currently, only 48.5% of Americans are fully vaccinated and 56.1% have at least received one dose of the shots.
A recent study revealed that one shot of the vaccines will offer very little protection against the Delta variant.