As vaccine hysteria sweeps the nation, it’s become nearly impossible to imagine what the Democrats will come up with next. The Biden administration has taken great lengths to convince the American people to get a shot — they’ve even paid social media influencers to make vaccine propaganda at the White House.
But when the U.S. military gets involved, somehow the situation seems a bit more dire. Forcing men and women who so bravely serve in the Armed Forces to get ANY medical treatment seems insidious and wrong, let alone a powerful vaccine without FDA approval.
Still, the Pentagon will require members of the U.S. military to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15, according to a memo from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. That deadline could be pushed up if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or infection rates continue to rise.
Here's Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's new memo announcing that he will mandate coronavirus vaccines for service members by mid-September. pic.twitter.com/zRl4MB42A1
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The decision to force soldiers into getting vaccinated comes after Biden urged Sec. Austin to strategize about a way to increase vaccination rates in the Armed Forces. Instead of incentivizing troops, or coming up with a voluntary solution to the vaccination problem, Austin decided to simply force his troops to get a shot. His decision reflects similar decisions by governments and companies around the world, as nations struggle with the so-called delta variant that has sent new U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths surging to heights not see since the peaks last winter.
The requirement to add the COVID-19 vaccine to a list of other inoculations that service members are already required to get. Depending on their location around the world, service members can get as many as 17 different vaccines.
Austin’s memo also said that in the meantime, the Pentagon will comply with Biden’s order for additional restrictions on any federal personnel who have not been vaccinated. Those restrictions will include wearing masks, social distancing and travel limits.
According to the Pentagon, more than 1 million troops are fully vaccinated and another 237,000 have received one shot. But the military services vary widely in their vaccination rates.
The Navy said that more than 74% of all active duty and reserve sailors have been vaccinated with at least one shot. The Air Force, meanwhile, said that more than 65% of its active duty and 60% reserve forces are at least partially vaccinated, and the number for the Army — by far the largest service — appears to be closer to 50%.
Some unvaccinated service members have suggested they’d get the shot once it’s required, but others are flatly opposed. Military officials have said that once the vaccine is mandated, a refusal could constitute failure to obey an order, and may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The Army also notes that if a soldier “fails to comply with a lawful order to receive a mandatory vaccine, and does not have an approved exemption, a commander may take appropriate disciplinary action.”
Service members can seek an exemption from any vaccine — either temporary or permanent — for a variety of reasons including health issues or religious beliefs. Some have argued that those who have already had the virus — and have antibodies — are immune and thus should not have to get the shot. It’s not clear how the military will act on those types of assertions.
Whatever stipulations the Biden administration places on the military vaccine requirement, the simple fact that it’s even being discussed goes to show the pervasive mindset being espoused throughout the country. A concerted effort to segregate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated is leading the country down a dark and dangerous path.
With this amount of separation, alienation, and discrimination, it’s just a matter of time before things get ugly.
Author: Nolan Sheridan