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Pentagon to require civilian employees, servicemembers to vaccinate

The Department of Defense announced Aug. 9 that "no later than mid-September," it will require all civilian employees and military servicemembers to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. 

In a statement announcing the decision, DOD leadership recommended everyone under its auspices who is not yet vaccinated to go ahead and get the necessary shots, even before the actual order is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks. 

“To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin wrote in a memo to all DOD personnel. “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.” 

"All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective," the memo continued. "They will protect you and your family. They will protect your unit, your ship, and your co-workers. And they will ensure we remain the most lethal and ready force in the world." 

While it is possible there will be some exceptions to the rule as plans develop, none were specified in the brief document. 

The full memo is available online on the DOD website.

This is a developing news story, and it will be updated.

Reader comments

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Tom CA

Hey David, nice argument. Can you cite the sources for your statistics please?

Thu, Aug 26, 2021 David VA

George et al- anger against those opposed to the 'vaccine'. Firstly this is a misnomer, this is not a vaccine, it is genetic manipulation. Secondly the FDA approval is a political move, there have been over 260000 adverse reactions and 40000 deaths in the US alone. Far more than required to pull an approved vaccine. Note that it is fully endorsed for pregnant women despite having been released for less than 8 months. There are treatments for Covid19 which are 100% effective and there is greater than a 99.998% survivor rate so why risk the 'vaccine'? The known risk of the vaccine is blood clots formed in the small capillaries throughout the body and we have seen many victims of this 'vaccine' die in this manner. The military cannot afford the ticking time bomb this vaccine creates in the human body!

Thu, Aug 12, 2021

What does voting Democrat have to do with getting the Vaccine, which can save lives? The vaccine has been approved for emergency use, like so much of the medicine being use to treat the folks who refused to get the vaccine.

Wed, Aug 11, 2021

To "All FDA-authorized vaccines ..." Yeah, you're right that's what the military normally goes by. And COVID vax will be fully FDA approved in the next few weeks. So, it will "count". This is gonna happen. And there are very very few bad side effects. The disease is far far far more dangerous. So get over your fears.

Wed, Aug 11, 2021 George

Dear "I will never vote ... " : How is it "1984"???? Do you hear yourself? Uniformed army navy air force etc ALREADY have to get a ton of vaccinations! You can't take risks with your Army and Navy crammed into Barracks, right? Your and my Granddad and Dad all had to get MORE THAN A DOZEN SHOTS just to stay in the service! This is a FACT. There is very little difference. None. Wth the COVID vaccine. Some of those were LESS tested before your and my ancestors TOOK THE SHOT to DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY. What are you? Endorsing being a wimp? This is ridiculuos. This stuff has been tried on MILLIONS OF PEOPLE now. And it's usually safe, Mr. Henny Penny. The sky ain't falling. Look outside. Crazy. I get so sick of this nonsense. Turn. Off. Your. Maniac. Channels. On FACEBOOK or whatever.

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