It’s True, Mandatory Vaccinations Expected to Protect Fort Hood Soldiers
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to announce mandatory vaccinations for all active military in the coming days as COVID-19 cases soar.
According to reports from both FOX news and CNN, while the vaccinations for COVID-19 have yet to be fully approved by the FDA, a mandate to receive the vaccination may be coming soon for all active military.
Federal Employees Asked to Receive Vaccination
President Biden recently announced that," every federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Anyone who does not attest to being fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job no matter their geographic location, physically distance from all other employees and visitors, comply with a weekly or twice weekly screening testing requirement, and be subject to restrictions on official travel."
So while Federal employees haven't been mandated to receive the vaccine, it has been highly suggested.
An Order From the Top
President Biden then asked the Defense Department to look into how and when they will add COVID-19 to the list of required vaccinations for the country's armed forces.
"Our men and women in uniform who protect this country from grave threats should be protected as much as possible from getting COVID-19. I think this is particularly important because our troops serve in places throughout the world, many where vaccination rates are low and disease is prevalent," President Biden stated.
Protecting Our Troops
Jamal Brown, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary, released the following statement following President Biden's remarks.
"Secretary Austin will also begin consulting our medical professionals, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to determine how and when to make recommendations to the President with respect to adding the COVID-19 vaccines to the full list of requirements for military personnel."
Currently, a memorandum has ordered that anyone visiting Fort Hood be required to wear a mask inside all facilities. That includes service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors.
Vaccinations are the next step to protecting our troops from COVID-19, and the vaccine is expected to be fully approved by the FDA in the Fall. Speculators believe that Secretary Austin will make an announcement concerning active military vaccinations on Friday.