SC Gov. McMaster: We Won’t Be Doing Biden’s ‘Door to Door’ Vaccine Coercion

By Julia Johnson | July 12, 2021 | 1:47pm EDT
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R).  (Screenshot)
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R). (Screenshot)

(CNS News) -- On July 9, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) sent a letter to Mark Elam, chairman of the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control, asking him to advise the board and state and local health care groups to prohibit “the use of the Biden Administration’s ‘targeted,’ ‘door to door’ tactics” in pursuing COVID vaccination.

“Thanks to the tremendous ongoing efforts of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) -- working collaboratively with state and local healthcare organizations -- South Carolinians have been provided access to all available information about the vaccine as well as access to the vaccine itself,” McMaster wrote. 

“A South Carolinian’s decision to get vaccinated is a personal one for them to make and not the government’s,” he added. “`Enticing, coercing, intimidating, mandating, or pressuring anyone to take the vaccine is a bad policy which will deteriorate the public’s trust and confidence in the State’s vaccination efforts.”

“The prospect of government vaccination teams showing up unannounced or unrequested at the door of ‘targeted’ homeowners or on their property will further deteriorate the public’s trust and could lead to potentially disastrous public safety consequences,” said the governor.

“I ask the DHEC board to promptly issue direction to agency leadership and to state and local healthcare organizations prohibiting the use of the Biden Administration’s ‘targeted’ ‘door to door’ tactics in the State’s ongoing vaccination efforts,” he concluded.

According to WIS10, DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer responded to McMaster’s guidance, assuring him that they do not and will not include door-to-door visits in their vaccination efforts. 

In a July 6 speech regarding COVID strategy, President Biden announced a new, community-based approach to increase vaccination percentages. 

"Now we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door-to-door, literally knocking on doors, to get help to the remaining people unprotected from the virus," he said. 

Republican lawmakers took issue with the tactic, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) who tweeted, “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. Why is that concept so hard for the left?”

On July 9, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told ABC News White House Correspondent Karen Travers, “The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people. So maybe they should consider that.”

In response, Gov. McMaster said, “Unfortunately, @PressSec, we have seen that public health information and recommendations coming from Dr. Fauci and this administration are a lot like the weather in South Carolina.  Wait a bit and it will change completely.”

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