Last week President Joe Biden and his staff members announced, that at the direction of his administration, the federal government will be going door-to-door to provide citizens with information about vaccines in areas with relatively low vaccination rates. In other words the government officials believe they know what is best and they are coming to tell you about their opinion of what is best and try to encourage you to make a decision based on their opinion.
Later in the week U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said that the federal government is entitled to know who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, when he responded to concerns over the announcement from the Biden administration going door-to-door. “Perhaps we should point out the government has spent trillions of dollars to try to keep Americans alive during this pandemic, so it is absolutely the government’s business.”
Becerra later backtracked saying his comments were taken out of context and added, “To be clear the government has no database tracking who is vaccinated. We are encouraging people to step up to protect themselves, [and] others by getting vaccinated. It’s the best way to save lives and end this pandemic.
Let me be clear to any government official; you better have probable cause or a warrant before you decide to step on my property or knock on my door unannounced. The feds might want to read the Fourth Amendment.
I am going to volunteer information regarding my health to you to make a point. I had COVID-19. I lived through it. I took hydroxychloroquine, despite the government and media trying their best to tell me not to take the medication. Guess what…within three days, I was ready to return to work. I’m not saying it would work for you; I’m just telling you my personal experience.
After being tested for the virus, I was contacted by the Georgia Department of Health. The representative started asking me questions about where I had been and with whom I had been in contact with. To start with I’d still like to know how the Georgia Department of Health knew I had COVID-19 when I went to my private primary care office to get tested. My primary care provider did not tell them. Did the certified COVID testing facility/lab provider give my information to the department of health? I asked the representative if there were a law that stated I had to answer her questions. The representative from the state department of health said it was required. I again asked the representative if there were a law that required me to answer any questions regarding my health or where I had been. The representative finally admitted that there was no law that required me to answer the questions. I kindly told the Georgia Department of Health representative my personal health or where I had been was none of the Georgia Department of Health’s business and for some strange reason, our conversation ended abruptly.
Please know that there are federal laws that protect your personal health information and discussions between you and your doctor. Your health is not the state or federal government’s business and you do not have to answer any questions regarding your health to anyone unless you choose to do so. The Privacy Rule lets you decide who knows your health information.
I will echo U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw’s words about the above-mentioned statements from President Biden and his administration regarding their door-to-door initiative…“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.”