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Army commander says vaccinating Fort Bliss is #1 priority

FORT BLISS, Texas -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe, the Fort Bliss commander, told a virtual town hall Thursday evening that "our number one message tonight is 'we must vaccinate Ft. Bliss.'"

He said only 23 percent of the Fort Bliss community is currently vaccinated -- that's out of 105,000 soldiers, civilians, dependents, retirees and contractors.

"I think the one restriction most people are most concerned about is 'When can I eat in a restaurant off post?' When we hit 50 percent of this community vaccinated is when I will lift the restrictions on being able to eat at a restaurant off post," Bernabe said.

He also set another milestone: The next adjustment to restrictions will be when 33 percent of the post community is vaccinated. At that time, the limit on the number of people who can be at someone's house will go from 10 to 20. The commander said they're talking about opening hourly daycare, opening swimming pools at 50 percent capacity and expanding open seating to 75 percent at restaurants on post.

New soldiers arriving at Fort Bliss are going to be vaccinated as part of in-processing, he explained.

People on post are not signing up to get the vaccine, Bernabe said. From April 14 to April 20, he said 84 percent of appointments were unfilled.

"We have capacity, we have the ability to vaccinate so many people every day," he said, encouraging everyone to get the word out that there is capacity now to meet the goal.

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Brenda De Anda-Swann

Brenda De Anda-Swann is news director at ABC-7.

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  1. If the vaccines are still so experimental that soldiers can’t be forced to take it, how can the CG force inprocessing soldiers to take it?

    1. Exactly

      Vaccine is still on an Emergency Use Authorization meaning it is not an approved vaccine.

      Gengen can’t force anyone, in or out of uniform, to take it.

  2. This is what democrats like Gavin Newsome were willing to do to control Californians:

    California National Guard members say a fighter jet was put on standby for a “possible domestic mission” last year, raising concerns that the military could be used to disperse protesters in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

    Four National Guard sources spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the matter, revealing that commanders were concerned about resistance to stay-at-home orders or chaos due to panic-buying.

    According to the sources, an F-15C fighter was put on alert, which raised concerns among Guard members that the jet could be used to “buzz” crowds — a tactic often used in combat zones to disperse the enemy.

    The orders were allegedly handed down orally or through text messages rather than formally in writing, which made them highly unusual, the sources told the Times. The Guard members described such a tactic as an “inappropriate” use of military force against U.S. citizens.

    “It would have been a completely illegal order that disgraced the military,” one source told the Times. “It could look like we’re threatening civilians.”

    “That’s something that would happen in the Soviet Union,” said a second of the Times’ sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from superiors. “Our military is used to combat foreign aggressors.”

    The California National Guard did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

  3. FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA) OF THE MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN INDIVIDUALS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER – Dated March 26, 2021

    Near the bottom of the first page is:

    WHAT IS THE MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE? The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. (Bold added for emphasis).

    Look it up for yourselves. The FDA only approved an emergency use trial and all the pharmas were granted legal immunity for any problems. Notice in all the bs from politicians and Fauci that they never disclosed this but the FDA did.

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