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U.S. Military Will Mandate Vaccinations for Troops

John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III will seek approval to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for U.S. active-duty troops by September.

He will request approval from the president for a waiver to make the Covid vaccines mandatory by mid-September. He’ll make the request for the waiver by mid-September. I’ve seen some reporting out there that means that all the troops have to be vaccinated by mid-September. That’s not accurate. He’ll make the request by mid-September unless or until F.D.A. licensure occurs before that time, at which point the secretary has the authority he needs upon F.D.A. licensure to issue to make whatever vaccine is then given that license mandatory. Until these vaccines become mandatory, we continue to want to appeal to a sense of teamwork among the unvaccinated service members in the force that this isn’t just about you. It’s about your ship. It’s about your platoon. It’s about your squadron. It’s your opportunity to contribute to the health and readiness of your teammates, and thereby the nation. We’re seeing an uptick in cases, uptick in hospitalizations across the force as we are in the country. And the Delta variant is a factor in that. So we’re going to watch it closely. And as the secretary told the force today, if he needs to move — act sooner than this timeline — then he’ll do that.

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