Health & Environment, Politics

Pentagon Officially Mandates Injections for Servicemen

On Monday, just hours after the Pfizer vaccine was granted FDA approval, the Pentagon announced that it was set to require vaccinations for all service members. Except, around one-third of US service members have refused the jab. In July, between 60% and 70% of personnel were fully vaccinated – with the Navy being the most vaccinated and the Marines being the least, according to the Washington Post.

So fast forward to today when in an apparent gamble that could see a third of the US military resign en masse, defense secretary Lloyd Austin ordered service members to “immediately begin” receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Pentagon memo released Wednesday…

No timeline was given for when troops are required to get the shot, but Austin said he directed service branch secretaries “to impose ambitious timelines for implementation,” and to report to him regularly on their progress…

As we noted two weeks ago, according to a 2018 DoD military demographics report (p. 40), the average active-duty military member is 28.2-years old, which according to The Economist’s estimated Covid-19 risk calculator, puts the risk of death for active-duty men at less than 0.1%, and hospitalization at 2.6%. For active-duty women, the risk of death is also less than 0.1%, and hospitalization 1.6%. Read more…

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