US Army plans to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for soldiers by 1 September

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The United States Army has announced this week that COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for soldiers by the 1 September. Designating such as mandatory likely is poised to set off a hot debate amongst service members as it is unclear just how many may be anti-vaxxers.

According to the Army Times, leaked documents and memos appear to confirm the deadline though the Army itself has declined all requests for comment to get clarity on the pending requirement.

Commanders will continue COVID-19 vaccination operations and prepare for a directive to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for service members [on or around] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure,’ the order from Army leadership said, as obtained by the Army Times. 

‘Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated.’ 

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