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US Army Sets Deadlines for COVID-19 Vaccines, Threatens Disciplinary Action

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The U.S. Army on Tuesday announced deadlines for COVID-19 vaccines for all its service members, threatening suspensions for those who don’t have a pending exemption request and don’t comply. In a release, the Army announced that all active-duty troops must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15, and all other service members—National Guard and Reserve members—have until June 30, 2022, to be fully vaccinated. It comes after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced mandatory shots on Aug. 9 and said in a memorandum on Aug. 24 that all military departments must start implementing full COVID-19 vaccination for all their service members. Prior to Aug. 24, vaccines had been optional. In its release, the U.S. Army stated that soldiers who refuse the vaccine will “first be counseled by their chain of command and medical providers.” If they continue to defy the mandate, there may be “administrative or non-judicial punishment—to include relief of duties or discharge.” …

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