US Military members required to get dose of COVID-19 vaccination

Under the plan drafted by Pentagon and approved by the President Joe Biden administration, now the US Military officials would be needed to get their COVID-19 vaccine which would commence from next month.

Under the plan drafted by Pentagon and approved by the President Joe Biden administration, now the US Military officials would be needed to get their COVID-19 vaccine which would commence from next month.

The Senior most Pentagon authorities distributed notices to all the troops in which they have stated that getting COVID-19 vaccine jabs is a significant step to sustain military readiness.

Lloyd Austin, who is the Defense Secretary, has noted that if the COVID-19 vaccine gets final FDA approval, and if the virus cases continue to rise, then there are high chances that a mid-September deadline could be hastened.

The Defense Secretary, in the notice, while warning the members, asserted, “I would seek the President Biden’s approval to make the COVID-19 vaccines compulsory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon the licensure by Food & Drug Administration, whichever comes first.”

Austin further warned and cited that if COVID-19 infection rates rise and possibly affect military readiness, he would not hesitate to act immediately or recommend a different course to the US President.

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

While strongly defending the message of the Defense Secretary, US President Joe Biden stated that the list of needed vaccinations for the military service members must not get later than mid-September.

“The nation is still on a wartime footing, and being vaccinated would enable our military members to stay healthy, to protect their families better, and to make sure that our force is active to operate anywhere in the world,” the US President further added.

According to the COVID-19 vaccination statistics shared by the Pentagon, so far, over 1 million troops have received their required doses and are now fully vaccinated. In contrast, a total of 237,000 military members have received only one jab of the novel coronavirus vaccine.