The Army has relieved six active-duty commanders, together with two battalion commanders, and issued 2,994 common officer written reprimands to troopers for refusing avaccine.
In a launch Wednesday, the Army mentioned the punishments have been for refusing the lawful order by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to. The Army has not but initiated separations for troopers refusing the vaccine however expects additional steering later this month.
At least 96% of active-duty troopers within the Army are absolutely vaccinated. The deadline set by the Army for active-duty troopers to finish their COVID vaccination was December 15, 2021.
The Army has not granted any non secular exemption requests however has acquired 2,128 requests. The Navy, Air Force and Marines additionally haven’t granted any non secular exemption requests up to now.
According to the Navy’s weekly replace, the Navy has 5,209 active-duty sailors who stay unvaccinated and a pair of,968 members of the prepared reserve. Commanders have separated 20 troopers who have been inside 180 days of active-duty service for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Austin mandated the vaccine in September however left it as much as the providers to set the deadlines. The deadlines for the lively element and reserve element for every service to obtain a vaccine have handed, apart from the Army National Guard who nonetheless has till June 30.
As of now, boosters usually are not required to be thought of “fully vaccinated” and adjust to the, however because the Omicron wave began rolling via the nation, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has mentioned a booster requirement is underneath lively dialogue on the Defense Department.