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‘Ignore no soliciting signs’: Tips for Covid-19 vaccine ‘ambassadors’ resurface amid concerns over Biden’s ‘door-to-door’ push

The toolkit, dubbed ‘Door Knocking Project to Increase COVID Vaccine Acceptance’, and a training video for the so-called “health ambassadors,” were released by the Lake County, Illinois authorities back in April, but only caught attention this week, after President Biden spoke about a shift towards taking pro-vaccination message “door-to-door.”

The document offers a list of various tips, ranging from “Inform, don’t convince” to “Knock and then back up” and “Ignore no soliciting signs.”

Earlier this week, US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra raised some eyebrows after declaring that it’s “absolutely the government’s business” to know whether or not citizens have been vaccinated against Covid-19. He insisted that “knocking on a door has never been against the law” and “it is our business” to make sure Americans can “prosper” and “freely associate” by getting inoculated against Covid-19.

“Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood and, oftentimes, door to door – literally knocking on doors – to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday, separately adding that coronavirus “surge response teams” would also be mobilized to combat new outbreaks among the unvaccinated.

Critics claim that such a program violates their privacy and could lead to conflicts and further rights abuses, with Becerra only adding fuel to the fire when he argued that the administration only wants to give Americans “the sense that they have the freedom to choose.” 

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