US Active-Duty Forces Will Have to Get Vaccinated against Covid, Pentagon Announces

Days after President Biden noted that federal employees would have to either vaccinate or submit themselves to regular testing and social distancing, news came that Pentagon will mandate all active-duty US forces to vaccinate, New York Post writes.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who indicated earlier this year that would wait for full FDA approval of the vaccines to determine if they’ll be made mandatory,  is expected to announce the news on Friday but will have to request beforehand  waiver from President Biden to make the vaccines mandatory.

Pentagon’s decision follows the Department of Veterans Affairs that has previously mandated coronavirus vaccinations for key personnel, adding another vaccine on the list for military service members, already required to get as many as 17 different vaccines depending on where they are based around the world.

Pentagon’s data underlines that over a million of roughly 2 million active-duty forces, Guard and Reserve troops are already fully vaccinated with around 233,000 that have received at least one shot.

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