At A Glance:

  • President Biden announces campaign for community members to go door-to-door with information about the COVID vaccines.
  • White House supports vaccine mandates at the local level.
  • Backlash from critics focuses on privacy and medical information.
  • Fact checkers to begin watching SMS text messages for “misinformation” about vaccines.

The push to get more American’s vaccinated against COVID has ramped up after missing President Biden’s July 4th goal. The new tactics to encourage people to get vaccinated include door-to-door campaigns to share information regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines as well as where to get them.¹

Backlash was immediate from concerned citizens wondering how safe their medical information is and why people would be coming to their door to discuss it. The White House maintained that it is not their role to mandate vaccines, nor do they have a database with information as to who is vaccinated.²

While the White House asserted there was no database, HHS Secretary, Xavier Baccera, stated in an interview with CNN that “it is absolutely the government’s business, the taxpayer’s business” to know who is vaccinated.³ Baccera continued, “the president has demonstrated he is open to moving in any direction we can to help American’s get safe…we want to give people the sense they have the freedom to choose…We try to give people as much freedom and choice as possible, but clearly when over 600,000 people have died, the best choice is to get vaccinated.”⁴

Further Comments from the White House and Supporters

During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One, Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that mandates are not the federal government’s role. She continued, “There are institutions, there are private sector entities that will take this step. We’re not standing in their way. Those are innovative steps. Go forward and take steps that you feel are appropriate. We’re just talking about what the steps are, what the role is of the federal government.⁵

Recently, former Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen spoke to CNN stating, “vaccination isn’t just an individual decision,” as she pushed President Biden to take a firmer position on requiring proof of vaccines. Dr. Wen continued suggesting the president “assist” employers to put mandates into place as well.⁶ 

In a follow-up interview, Wen stated, “It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated.”

“Right now, it’s kind of the opposite.” She continued,  “But at some point these mandates, by workplaces, by schools, I think it will be important to say, ‘Hey, you can opt out, but if you want to opt out, you have to sign these forms, you have to get twice weekly testing,’” Wen said.  “Basically, we need to make getting vaccinated the easy choice.”⁷

Even today, Dr. Fauci commented that he is anticipating vaccine mandates to become a reality as soon as the FDA grants full approval. He reiterated his support for the mandates.⁸ Fauci is the chief medical advisor to President Biden.

Backlash

Several states and Congressmen and women stood up, calling the door-to-door push a violation of privacy.  In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton commented, “We’re definitely going to be looking at our opportunities in court to stop them from going door to door and then we’re also going to get into the whole issue of what information do they have about us?”⁹ He continued by reiterating the vaccines are easily accessible to any Texan who may want it.

Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, stated in a letter to the White House, “Americans trust medical researchers and their family doctors to provide information and recommendations to make personal decisions but they do not trust government intrusion or the politicization of the health care process.”¹⁰

SMS and Fact Checkers

On Monday, Politico reported, “Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.”

“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said. “When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.”¹¹

The admission that SMS (text message)’s will now also be subjected to fact checkers also raised concerns about Americans’ privacy and First Amendment rights. Previously Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media giants had been using Section 203 as a method to fact check and censor material that went against their policies.

The FCC and Free Speech

Telecommunications, radio and TV broadcasting fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.

According to the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) website, “The FCC is barred by law from trying to prevent the broadcast of any point of view. The Communications Act prohibits the FCC from censoring broadcast material, in most cases, and from making any regulation that would interfere with freedom of speech. Expressions of views that do not involve a “clear and present danger of serious, substantive evil” come under the protection of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press and prevents suppression of these expressions by the FCC. According to an FCC opinion on this subject, “the public interest is best served by permitting free expression of views.” This principle ensures that the most diverse and opposing opinions will be expressed, even though some may be highly offensive.

In 2018, the FCC voted 3-1 to make text messages an “information service” instead of a “telecommunications service.” The intent was to allow for an easier block of spam texts to consumers.¹³ How the information of vaccines sent in private text messages will be affected is yet to be seen.

Hold the Phone — Doc’s Thoughts:

If someone had told me that we’d have people knocking on our doors to share information about vaccines or monitoring our text messages for our personal opinions in AMERICA, I’d have told you you’re nuts! Right now, in Cuba, people are standing up to the tyranny of a communist dictator. We live in America! We have Constitutional rights. Although, I do find it interesting which parties are supporting Cuban freedom and which are eerily quiet. 

We hear the HHS secretary alluding to the idea of a “sense of freedom” and “giving people as much freedom and choice as possible.” Pay attention to the words here: do you want FREEDOM, or a sense of freedom? We are endowed by our Creator according to the Declaration of Independence, not our government.

For over a year, we’ve been hearing about the censoring of information on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and all the rest. Ironically, according to Twitter, “our automated systems have challenged more than 1.5 million accounts which were targeting discussions around COVID-19 with spammy or manipulative behaviors.”¹⁴ Hey, Twitter, you’re going to need to start watching our front doors!

People are not at a lack of information regarding these vaccines and how to get them. We’ve been bombarded since the beginning of the pandemic when the vaccine would be seen as the mighty savior. Once they were EUA approved, people were urged to sign up, make  appointments, stand in lines (socially distant of course), and stop at nothing to get the vaccine. What this is about is misinformation.

But misinformation according to whom? We’ve been hearing how the vaccines are “safe and effective” for months. Yet, we have the CDC’s very own VAERS website flooded with injuries and deaths from these vaccines. We have experts and vaccine developers speaking out about the safety and efficacy, about the lack of transparency of the government. It’s not about misinformation. It’s about information that contradicts anything that may get more vaccines into the arms of people. You saw what Dr. Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Biden, said. He’s all for mandates.

We have people going door-to-door trying to “educate” people about the vaccines. We’ve been told these are trusted community members, not government employees or officials. Fine. But who do you talk to when making health care decisions? I love my pastor, but I don’t go to him for health care advice! He has no training. 

There are laws in place that prevent people from practicing medicine without a license. Some of these well-meaning door knockers may find themselves in a tight spot as they are recommending vaccines to people who have not consulted their doctors for their specific health needs! Some people have conditions which the vaccine could trigger very serious, even deadly reactions. The person who knocks on the door and encourages someone to go get a vaccine may not know they are suggesting something contrary to what the primary doctor might. They would be offering medical advice without a license to do so. That’s illegal.

Maybe American’s are making a free choice. According to kff.org, a recent poll shows there are still people who just flat out don’t want the vaccine.¹⁵ That’s their choice! They have the medical freedom to choose for themselves and their family. They may be exercising informed consent. Having heard of all the warnings for blood clots, myocarditis, and now GBS, as well as all of the other 438,440 reports to the CDC, they may be making an informed decision not to consent to the vaccine. 

We don’t need “education” or “re-education” as the case may be. We don’t need our first amendment rights squelched because we can’t think for ourselves. We need the government to back off, treat us like adults, let us think for ourselves, and allow us to live as American citizens. 

¹https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-defends-door-to-door-vaccination-push-amid-backlash

²https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-door-to-door-vaccination-volunteers-not-government-workers-no-vaccine-database

³https://twitter.com/i/status/1413120234781818881

https://twitter.com/i/status/1413121220338495494

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/07/07/press-gaggle-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-aboard-air-force-one-en-route-crystal-lake-il/

https://www.foxnews.com/media/former-planned-parenthood-president-wants-biden-push-vaccine-requirements

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-medical-analyst-life-hard-unvaccinated

https://www.theblaze.com/news/fauci-supports-covid-vaccine-mandates?utm_source=theblaze-dailyAM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__AM%202021-07-12&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Daily%20AM&fbclid=IwAR2djnh3fT8McBZ9X0nR0G-DdfCvJnLR1Gnm7msDAIUlYV7gnw-64HX_o6w

https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/paxton-texas-coronavirus-vaccine/2021/07/08/id/1027934/

¹⁰https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/hhs-becerra-covid-vaccine/2021/07/08/id/1027926/

¹¹https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/12/biden-covid-vaccination-campaign-499278

¹²https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/fcc-and-freedom-speech

¹³https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-texts/fcc-affirms-that-wireless-carriers-can-block-unwanted-text-messages-idUSKBN1OB2FP

¹⁴https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/covid-19#definition

¹⁵https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/poll-finding/kff-covid-19-vaccine-monitor-may-2021/