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It is expected that other Covid vaccines will be mandated once they too are granted full FDA approval.

Following the Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) decision to give the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine full approval, the Pentagon has announced that they will be mandating the shots for all members of the US military.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is “prepared to issue updated guidance requiring all service members to be vaccinated.,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

“These efforts ensure the safety of our service members and promote the readiness of our force, not to mention the health and safety of the communities around the country in which we live,” he said.

The Defense Department announced that it is preparing “guidance to the force” to make the vaccine mandatory and a timeline is to be provided in the coming days.

Currently, the plans are to mandate the Pfizer vaccine and there are currently no plans to do the same for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines. Kirby said that the focus right now is “moving forward to implement a mandatory vaccination regimen for Pfizer.”

Kirby said: “I don’t want to get ahead of decisions that haven’t been made yet.”

On Monday, the FDA granted the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine full approval, a decision that is expected to spark more mandates across the US and ‘boost’ vaccination rates.

The Pentagon has said that it has experienced its ‘deadliest’ month in August, with five service members deaths reported between August 11th and August 18th and eight reported in the last three weeks, according to the Defense Department’s latest numbers.

Prior to August, the department has reported around one or two service deaths monthly, with the highest being four in November. In total, the military has reported 34 deaths from Covid-19.

Previously, the Pentagon has not required the Covid-19 vaccine for its personnel because it was only under FDA emergency use authorisation (EUA).

Currently, the US military requires service members to receive 17 shots when they enter the military or before they deploy overseas, including jabs for measles, mumps, hepatitis and many others.

The FDA has stated that Moderna is likely to seek approval within the coming weeks, with other vaccines seeking the same. If the Defense Secretary wants to mandate the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines before full FDA approval, he must request a waiver from President Biden. Austin said that if infection rates continue to rise, he may head down that route.

Once the vaccine mandate is in place, “there could be administrative and disciplinary repercussions” for failing to comply.

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Sorcha
Sorcha
1 year ago

Aug 21 Washington post
The Pentagon’s effort to mandate coronavirus vaccination for all 1.3 million active-duty service members will continue to face resistance from a segment of the force, troops and observers say, until military leaders devise an effective strategy for countering pervasive doubt about the pandemic’s seriousness and widespread misinformation about the shots designed to bring it under control.

Sarah
Sarah
Reply to  Sorcha
1 year ago

I hope to God there’s pushback. If service personnel aren’t able to have exemptions, I hope they find themselves able to leave even if they have to accept dishonorable discharge in order to do so. This is very sad.

who
who
Reply to  Sarah
1 year ago

Anyone who joins a group of people that are there to go around the world and kill anyone who their leaders don’t like deserves everything they get. Supporting ‘our brave soldiers’ is another one of those things you inherit by just being born inside the border of whatever god forsaken country you live in, and every one of those soldiers will tell you they’re ‘protecting you’. Millions of dead in iraq, afghanistan, syria, yemen, pakistan, and god knows where else weren’t my doing. They’re exactly the same as the cops, but they kill people in other people’s countries.

Anonybus
Anonybus
Reply to  who
1 year ago

Yes who…let’s defund the police & military and stop all this nastiness.

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Reply to  Sarah
1 year ago

Why should they accept a dishonourable discharge? If this nonsense goes ahead they should just resign, en masse. If enough did that there’d be little recourse by the evil people behind the scenes that are pushing this.
Civil war in the US directly ahead?

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Reply to  Sorcha
1 year ago

What else would you expect from the Washington Post, a leading exponent of misinformation? (They’ve all had the death shot and eagerly looking forward to boosters. WAPO will disappear due to lack of staff. So very sad)

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