While a significant number of Americans – including inside the military – hoped this wouldn’t happen, it did. President Joe Biden, acting as Commander in Chief of the military and through his Defense Secretary, has ordered that all military members are to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday ordered all military members to begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine following the Food and Drug Administration giving full approval to Pfizer’s shot,” according to the New York Post. [emphasis added]
“Austin told commanders to ‘impose ambitious timelines for implementation’ as the COVID vaccine is added to the list of inoculations that US troops receive as part of their service. [emphasis added]
“‘To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force,’ Austin wrote in the memo announcing the directive. ‘After careful consultation with medical experts and military leadership, and with the support of the President, I have determined that mandatory vaccination against coronavirus disease … is necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people.’ [emphasis added]
“More than 800,000 military members have yet to be vaccinated for COVID, according to the Pentagon.”
For more of this report, go to the New York Post.
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