Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux is letting county residents know his deputies will remove any unwelcomed person(s) off their property when it comes to door-to-door vaccinations.
Deveraux said he has been receiving phone calls from constituents on concerns coming from Washington D.C. on the ‘door-to-door’ vaccine outreach.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced his administration would launch a multi-faceted effort to bolster vaccination rates at the local level.
“We’re going to put even more emphasis on getting vaccinated in your community, close to home, conveniently, at a location you’re already familiar with,” Biden said in a press event. “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.”
Devereaux stated he’s unsure if the door-to-door approach will come into Logan County.
“We don’t know what it’s going to look like, or if its even going to happen, but our (Logan County Sheriff’s Office) stance is if somebody comes to your house — in this county — asking about vaccines, health care and you don’t want them on your property please ask them to leave. If they don’t, contact us, and we will educate them on what that means. If we have to arrest them, we will.”
Devereaux continued, “A lot of people are concern about the possibility of this happening, I just want to put their minds at ease. Should this come to Logan County, our intent is to do what the citizens ask us to do.”
In a CNN interview, White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed stressed the goal of the latest initiatives is to ensure Americans have clear and accurate information about the vaccines and to eliminate barriers to getting a shot if they want it, not to pressure or force them to do so.
“What we’re doing is, local officials are going to areas where there are lower vaccination rates and providing information on where people can get access to a vaccine, where they can go, that it’s free, that they can take time off of work,” Psaki told reporters. “It’s up to individuals to decide whether they want to get vaccinated or not.”
According to one report, door-to-door outreach has been underway for months in some communities, as local medical experts and community activists hit the streets to promote vaccination, often with the support of the federal government.