Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich called President Joe Biden’s plan to go door-to-door encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations “alarming.” In a letter submitted to the president Tuesday, Brnovich told Biden that he wouldn’t tolerate breaches of privacy concerning Arizonans’ vaccination status.
“I, along with many Arizonans, was greatly alarmed by your White House indicating that it might be in possession of medical records revealing the contact information for Americans who have not been vaccinated,” wrote Brnovich. “If this is the case, this is a severe breach of privacy, and I will not tolerate such intrusions within Arizona.”
Brnovich acknowledged that the COVID-19 vaccines were a historic breakthrough, but asserted that the decision to get vaccinated should be a personal decision between individuals and medical providers. He derided the door-to-door approach as government intrusion and politicization of the health care process.
“If Americans are on the fence about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, it would be most inappropriate for bureaucrats to single them out – regardless of motives or intentions,” said Brnovich. “Let’s keep bureaucrats out of American neighborhoods and keep these health care decisions between people and their trusted medical professionals.”
The Arizona Sun Times inquired with Brnovich’s office if they confirmed that the Biden Administration had access to vaccination records, and what the attorney general planned to do if the White House will target unvaccinated individuals. They didn’t respond by press time.
The letter was submitted shortly after the Biden Administration announced its plan to launch a door-to-door vaccination encouragement campaign. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki broke the news during the daily press briefing.
“The president will outline the five areas his team is focused on to get more Americans vaccinated,” said Psaki. “One, targeted community-by-community, door-to-door outreach to get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
Brnovich has been going toe to toe with the Biden Administration across a number of different issues.
As Rachel Alexander with The Sun Times reported, Brnovich led a 22-state effort to have the Supreme Court overturn a Sixth Circuit decision allowing state officials to surrender in lawsuits challenging state laws they don’t want to defend.
Last Thursday, Brnovich succeeded in a Supreme Court case defending Arizona law prohibiting ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting.
Brnovich is also engaged in a legal battle against the Biden Administration over their deportation policies.
According to some of the latest data, around 43 percent of Arizonans are fully vaccinated.
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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Arizona Sun Times and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Attorney General Mark Brnovich” by Attorney General Mark Brnovich.