Pentagon, White House
Pentagon plans to mandate vaccination. Biden supports plan to vaccinate troops.
Where: Washington, DC
The Pentagon will seek President Biden’s approval by mid-September to mandate vaccination for military members.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated in a memo sent to defense employees, “I want you to know that I will seek the President’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure, whichever comes first.”
Austin urged employees to get vaccinated right away, regardless of the mandate.
Unvaccinated troops at present have to follow protocols that include mask-wearing, maintaining social distance, and abiding by travel restrictions.
President Biden supported Austin’s plan and stated, “Being vaccinated will enable our service members to stay healthy, to better protect their families, and to ensure that our force is ready to operate anywhere in the world.”
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