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US military branches set deadline for members to be vaccinated against Covid-19

<i>Sergio Flores/Getty Images</i><br/>Three branches of the US military have reportedly set deadlines for when active-duty
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Three branches of the US military have reportedly set deadlines for when active-duty

By Ellie Kaufman and Oren Liebermann, CNN

Four US military branches have set deadlines for when active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members must be vaccinated against Covid-19.

The deadlines set by the services follow Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s announcement at the end of August that all US military service members must be vaccinated after the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine received full authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

The US Army will require all active-duty military members to he vaccinated by December 15, 2021, and all National Guard soldiers will be required to be vaccinated by June 30, 2022, the Army said in a statement released Tuesday.

The Army said soldiers who do not comply and do not have a request for exemption pending or approved could face “suspension and relief,” could be removed from lists of potential promotions within the Army or could receive reprimands, which can be “career ending,” the Army statement said. The punishment for not receiving a vaccine by the deadline varies by a soldier’s rank in the Army.

Commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants and officers, all considered leadership positions in the army, who don’t get vaccinated and do not have a request for exemption will “face suspension and relief if they refuse to comply,” the statement said.

The US Air Force has also set deadlines for when their personnel will need to be vaccinated. The Air Force will require active-duty military members to be fully vaccinated by November 2, 2021. Air Force National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel will need to be vaccinated by December 2, 2021, a release from the Air Force said on September 3.

The US Navy will require all active-duty service members to be fully vaccinated by November 28, 2021 and all Navy Reserve service members to be vaccinated by December 28, 2021, the Navy said in a release on August 21.

The US Marine Corps active-duty members also must be vaccinated by November 28 and reservists must be vaccinated by December 28, a release from the US Marine Corps said.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin initially announced plans to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for all service members in mid-August but said he would wait for either one of the vaccines to be fully authorized by the FDA or mid-September to make the requirement official. After the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was fully authorized in August, he sent a memo making getting vaccinated mandatory and asking all of these services to come up with their own implementation plans.

“After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people,” Austin wrote in a memo released August 25.

He added, “To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force.”

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      1. When he was running his mouth on the Herald Post, before getting banned, he mentioned drug use, and when I prodded him about visiting “bath houses”, his response was, “So what if I did, it’s none of your business”. Of course, back then his handle was “High420Lonesome”.

  1. They had to have shots when they joined. This is no different now, and the total lies about embryos being used or even a chip being injected into you won’t fly with JAG. Line them up like they did to everyone else, roll up your sleeve, and drive on.

    1. It’s fake news Stevie. “The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines used fetal cell lines in their testing stages. Johnson & Johnson used a human fetal cell line called PER.C6, developed from the retinal cells of an 18-week-old fetus aborted in 1985 in its production and manufacturing stages.” Reuters April 2021. Keep on putting you foot in you big mouth.

  2. Nuremburg Code:In Doe #1 versus Rumsfeld 297 F. Supp. 2d 119 (2003) a federal court held that the United States military could not mandate Emergency Use vaccines for soldiers :”The United States cannot demand that members of the armed forces also serve as guinea pigs for experimental drugs”

    The Pfizer vaccine has not been fully vetted and as such must be termed as experimental!

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