Vice President Kamala Harris urged activists in Georgia to knock on doors and to press individuals to get vaccinated in an all-out effort to meet President Joe Biden’s July 4th vaccination goal which is now unlikely to be met.
The goal was to get 70 percent of Americans vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by Independence Day but the heavy-handed push to mandate inoculation has met strong resistance in some parts of the country.
“Getting vaccinated is about building the power of community. Getting vaccinated is about building the power of our country,” Harris enthusiastically stated in front of a cheering crowd of approximately 300 students and Democratic officials at Clark Atlanta University. “And we can do this, Georgia. I know we can do this.”
Harris provided pointers to those in attendance to get people vaccinated: “For example, if you knock on the door and someone says they ‘don’t have the time to get the vaccine’ — because people are busy. They’re just trying to just make it through the day. Or they say that pharmacies are never open when they do have time, well, let’s address that. Because now, you can let them know that pharmacies across our country are keeping their doors open for 24 hours on Fridays in June, including today. Because we need to meet people where they are! Some folks are working two jobs…”
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“And what if they say they can’t miss work? Well, you can tell them that there are employers across the country who are offering paid time off for their employees to get vaccinated and we want to encourage and challenge more employers to do the same,’ she stated.
The vice president even addressed the issue of having young children and getting vaccinated: “Other folks who need time to recover after they get the shot, right? And may need a little moment where they need some help with their kids. So we have partnered with the YMCA, with KinderCare, and the Learning Care Group to provide free childcare for both vaccination and recovery. We need to meet people where they are.”
“You might run across people as you’re out talking and knocking, folks might say, ‘I don’t have a car’ or ‘there’s no public transportation or bus that comes by my house.’ And that’s fair, because how can we expect them to get to a vaccination site? Well, now, as part of the solution, rideshare companies are giving free rides to and from vaccination centers,” Harris noted in a further push to round people up to get vaccinated.
After Harris finished her speech, Biden announced that 300 million vaccinations have been administered in 150 days: “What we’re seeing is a truly American accomplishment,” Biden declared from the White House.
Statistics vary, but approximately 64 percent of Americans have reportedly had at least one shot in the vaccine regimen. States such as Georgia are below the national average with about 52.8 percent of adults who have had at least one dose of the vaccine. The vice president has been on a tour of southern states pushing vaccinations and urging boots on the ground to get others to take the shot. She is now moving on to Detroit to mobilize others there to get residents vaccinated.
Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia are reportedly among the states having the lowest vaccination rates in the nation. The vaccine blitz is meant to specifically address these states and others such as Michigan.
The White House is also promoting community-based outreach initiatives that include recruiting 1,000 black-owned barbershops and beauty salons in Atlanta and other cities to pressure and convince their customers to get vaccinated. Some pharmacies are reportedly staying open 24 hours on Fridays on a limited basis in an effort to accommodate shift workers’ schedules.
Earlier in June, Biden promoted the “We Can Do This” vaccination tour that is now led by the vice president as part of his “National Month of Action.” The president called it an “all-of-America sprint” to get more Americans vaccinated by Independence Day in order to achieve what he called, “a summer of freedom.”
The mobilization of activists to pressure individuals to get vaccinated to meet Biden’s goal was derided on social media:
Didn’t she say in a vice presidential debate that she didn’t trust the vaccine because it was developed under the Trump administration?
— Richard Handler – Behind Enemy Lines (@RichardHandler7) June 23, 2021
Are we watching Handmaids Tale here in real life?
— Mrs.K (@_whatzmyname) June 23, 2021
“ And preferably knock in the middle of the night. Maybe drive black suv when knocking on doors.This will train you for other tasks when I become president.”
— Oh My Dog (@Jrowwsnc) June 23, 2021
Bullying is bad, mmkay! Unless it’s in the name of public health and safety!
— Hail To The Beavs! (@Gigawiggles) June 23, 2021
Knock on my door , I dare you
— Richard Rimmer (@RichyRimm) June 23, 2021
Just tell them “I’ll circle back”.
— Overlord Kego (@OverlordKego) June 23, 2021
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