Door-to-door efforts for COVID-19 vaccination are underway in three US states after President Joe Biden announced the controversial initiative last week.
Counties in North Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin have all launched strategies to go into people’s homes and share information about COVID-19 vaccines.
In some cases, officials will deliver the COVID-19 vaccines directly to people’s doorsteps, removing transportation barriers that some may encounter when taking a chance.
However, several states, such as South Carolina and Missouri, have both rejected federal aid for door-to-door vaccine programs in their states, calling it federal overreach.
North Carolina, Georgia and Wisconsin use door-to-door vaccine programs to deliver the vaccines and fight vaccine misinformation in local communities
North Carolina launched their ‘Doses to Doors’ initiative in Mecklenburg County, the state’s second most populous county, which includes Charlotte – the state’s largest city.
Currently, 49 percent of Mecklenburg County residents are fully vaccinated, one of the higher rates in the state.
Volunteers recruit communities in the provinces with lower vaccination rates and provide them with information about the vaccinations.
If they wish, residents can also receive a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We’re not confrontational, it’s not like you should be given the chance,” said Robert Dawkins of Action NC, a nonprofit that provides volunteers for the program. WBTV.
“But it’s our job to dispel rumors and such.”
Residents of the province can also make an appointment online for a vaccine at home.
A similar program has been launched in Randolph County, Georgia – a remote, mostly black, rural county more than 100 miles south of Atlanta.
The remote province has little access to information compared to many others, and the lack of infrastructure in the area has created barriers to getting the vaccine.
For example, many vaccine appointments can be booked online, but about a third of Randolph County residents do not have Internet access, according to CNN.
Many do not have access to information about the vaccines, are skeptical about their effectiveness, or believe false beliefs about the safety of the vaccines.
“If they still say they want to wait, I listen, but it’s a bit baffling because I always ask, ‘What are you waiting for? To see how well it goes? We already know that. They go well when people are protected,” Joyce Barlow, a nurse on the program, told CNN.
As in North Carolina, Barlow and her team are going out into the local community to educate people about the vaccines and even offer them the injections if they want to.
The Milwaukee Health Department in Wisconsin is taking a similar initiative because less than half of Milwaukee County’s population has been vaccinated.
“It’s very important that we go here and educate the people in this community about COVID and its dangers,” Marcus Austin, a man who volunteered for the program in Milwaukee, said in a statement. press conference.
Austin, who is black himself, said he was inspired to volunteer after seeing many in the black community not being vaccinated in the early months of the vaccine’s rollout.
However, the door-to-door programs have not come without controversy.
Many Republicans immediately pushed back on door-to-door vaccine campaigns, calling it federal overreach.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents a northwestern district in Georgia, on Twitter likened volunteers giving house-to-house vaccines to “brown shirts” — a 1920s Nazi militia that helped Adolf Hitler rise to power.
“Biden pushing a vaccine NOT FDA approved shows that covid is a political tool used to control people,” she tweeted.
“People have a choice, they don’t have to have your medical brown shirts show up at their door to order vaccinations. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.’
Rep Greene’s office has not returned a request from DailyMail.com for comment.
South Carolina and Missouri even outright rejected the programs.
“The prospect of government vaccination teams showing up unannounced or unsolicited on the doorstep of ‘targeted’ homeowners or on their property will further erode public confidence,” South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster wrote in a letter Friday.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said last week that door-to-door vaccination efforts would further worsen public confidence in the vaccines.
Only 45 percent of South Carolinas have received at least one dose of the vaccine, making them among the ten states with the lowest vaccination coverage.
Missouri is currently facing the largest COVID-19 wave in the country.
In the past two weeks, the number of cases has grown 38 percent, from 938 cases per day two weeks ago to 1,298 per day as of Tuesday.
Only 46 percent of Missouri residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I directed our health department to let the federal government know that sending government personnel or agents door-to-door to enforce vaccination would NOT be an effective OR welcome strategy in Missouri!” Gov Mike Parsons tweeted last week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki fired back at those who criticized the program, saying it is “a disservice to the country” that is “literally killing people.”
“The inability to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and their accessibility to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that,” she said on Friday.
The White House had previously set a goal of having 70 percent of American adults vaccinated by July 4, which the country failed to achieve.
Currently, only 67.7 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, nearly 59 percent of which are fully vaccinated.
Cases are also on the rise in the United States as the highly contagious strain of the Indian Delta begins to spread across the country.
Across America, new daily cases have increased by 88 percent in the past two weeks, from 12,262 on June 29 to 23,148 on July 12.