Following a directive by President Joe Biden to explore the matter, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is leaning toward requiring all U.S. troops to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.
The Pentagon chief has been examining the issue as the Biden administration looks for ways to boost vaccination nationwide, while protecting military personnel who must content with viral variants even as they carry out their duties of providing for the national defense.
Austin’s ‘inclination is towards making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory’ for active-duty troops, CNN citing a Defense official.
The signal on his reported posture comes after Biden – who as commander-in-chief can issue the vaccine order for the the troops – made his own preference known, without going so far as to call for it. Read more…