Hundreds of thousands of US service members remain unvaccinated before the impending deadline set by individual service branches, Washington Post report.
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.
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.
of note: All 763,000 civilian employees of DOD must be fully vaccinated 22 November.
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