Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops remain unvaccinated as deadlines near

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Hundreds of thousands of US service members remain unvaccinated before the impending deadline set by individual service branches, Washington Post report.

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running news: The deadline for active-duty members is fast approaching, and while the military’s overall vaccination rate has increased, it is still shy of full compliance.

Flashback: The Pentagon announced in August that it would require all service members to be vaccinated against the virus, but allowed service branches to set individual vaccination deadlines.

  • Active-duty Army soldiers have until December 15, while Reserve and National Guard units have until June 30, 2022.
  • Active-duty Air Force and Space Force Guardians have until November 2 while Air Force reservists and Guard troops have until December 2.
  • Active-duty sailors and sailors have until 28 November and reservists until 28 December.
  • The full vaccination requirement means that the final vaccine (or a shot from Johnson & Johnson) must be administered at least two weeks before the deadline.
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By numbers: Data obtained by the Post indicates that the military’s effort to fully vaccinate its employees is somewhat scattered across individual services.

  • According to statistics, about 90% of active-duty nevi are completely immune to the virus.
  • In contrast, the active-duty Marine Corps, which faces the same November 28 deadline as the Navy, is only 72% per post.

What are they saying: “Military policy is encouraging inaction by the latest possible date,” explained military policy expert Katherine Kuzminsky. Post.

  • “We expect all unvaccinated soldiers to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Individual soldiers are required to receive the vaccine,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Terrence Kelly told the Post.
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of note: All 763,000 civilian employees of DOD must be fully vaccinated 22 November.

go in: Vaccination deadline for soldiers against COVID announced

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