United States

US Army to introduce mandatory vaccination of active troops

16:36, 15 September 2021
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The decision was presented by the Army's surgeon general, lieutenant general Raymond Scott Dingle.

On Tuesday the US army representatives announced that all active-duty soldiers should be vaccinated by December 15, while the deadline for the Reserve and the National Guard personnel was set for June 2022.

“This is quite literally a matter of life and death for our Soldiers, their families, and the communities in which we live,” lieutenant general Raymond Scott Dingle said in a statement.

He added that the measure aimed at protecting the service members from the quickly spreading Delta type of COVID, stressing that mandatory vaccination has become the military administration’s priority.

Currently, there are almost 500,000 active soldiers in the Army, some 190,000 in the Reserve and more than 335,000 in the National Guard.

In august Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin released a memo announcing that compulsory vaccination can be only introduced using jabs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In case soldiers refuse to get vaccinated, they will be consulted and advised by their superiors. If a service member fails to present legitimate explanations and reasons, whether they are religious, medical, or administrative, they can be discharged or disciplined.

The measure was approved by US President Joe Biden in August. The Head of State has been considering introducing compulsory vaccination for federal workers, healthcare staff, and other categories since July. In case the initiative is adopted, some 100 mln people can face mandatory vaccination.