The Biden administration sparked outrage this week among many Americans who are concerned about a possible government tracking system to determine which individuals have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Breitbart, one prominent Republican senator is working hard to make such a government database impossible.
“Literally knocking on doors”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced a piece of legislation that would prevent the federal government from keeping track of vaccination records.
The move came after President Joe Biden fueled speculation on Tuesday with his plan to send people “door-to-door” in his administration’s push to vaccinate as many Americans as possible.
“Now, we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door to door, literally knocking on doors, to get help for the remaining people protected from the virus,” Biden said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki described the measure as part of a five-pronged vaccine strategy implemented after the administration failed to reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of all adults by Independence Day.
Cruz was one of the many conservative critics of Biden’s policy, declaring: “When the Biden admin calls for ‘targeted door-to-door outreach’ to get people vaccinated, it comes across as a G-Man saying: ‘We know you’re unvaccinated. Let’s talk, comrade.'”
“Prohibits the feds”
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra drew further backlash on Thursday by arguing that “it is absolutely the government’s business” to know who has and has not been inoculated.
He defended the statement at the time by declaring that U.S. taxpayers “have to continue to spend money to try to keep people from contracting COVID and helping reopen the economy.”
Of course, the statement subsequently led to widespread conjecture about the possibility of an index maintained by the federal government to show which Americans have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
“My bill to ban federal vaccine passports prohibits the feds from maintaining a vaccine database,” Cruz explained in a tweet announcing his bill.
Becerra responded to the criticism with a statement clarifying that the “government has no database tracking who is vaccinated.”