Covid Vaccine Mandated for Troops by Sept 15 or Sooner: SecDef Lloyd Austin

Faye Higbee

After weeks of thinking about it, SecDef Lloyd Austin has issued an order that makes Covid vaccine mandated for all US military troops by September 15. (Fox)

”I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon FDA approval, whichever comes first. I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different course to the President if l feel the need to do so. To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force…

I strongly encourage all DoD military and civilian personnel – as well as contractor personnel – to get vaccinated now and for military Service members to not wait for the mandate.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

Biden, for his part, has already said he agreed with Austin’s statement.

“I strongly support Secretary Austin’s message to the Force today on the Department of Defense’s plan to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for our service members not later than mid-September. Secretary Austin and I share an unshakable commitment to making sure our troops have every tool they need to do their jobs as safely as possible.”

Joe Biden

The Pfizer vaccine is supposed to be approved by early September. Though at one point a good 40% of the troops stated they would probably quit if the Covid vaccine was mandated, that has not occurred…yet. The Marine Corps, for example has a strict rule that if Marines are unmasked, they must carry the proof of vaccination with them at all times. Failure to follow the rules meant punishment. This mandate by SecDef Austin will supercede the former policy and require the vaccine for all service members.

Covid Vaccine mandated

About 75,500 Marines are fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19, which has killed almost 3 million people worldwide, including two dozen U.S. troops. Another 48,000 Marines who’ve been given the chance to take one of the vaccinations, which medical experts say significantly decrease the likelihood one will die or require hospitalization from the disease, have declined it, Marine Corps data shows…

Members of II Marine Expeditionary Force, based in North Carolina, have been about twice as likely to decline the vaccine compared to personnel on the West Coast or in Japan.

No more declining the jab. The Government says so.


Featured photo: U.S. Marine Corps Col. Greg Pace, the G4 assistant chief of staff for logistics, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, receives the COVID vaccine at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 11, 2021. Marines aboard Camp Lejeune received the COVID vaccine to protect their health, their families, their community and lower the public health risks associated with the COVID pandemic. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres) via DVIDShub

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