Not getting shot, as in combat. But getting a shot, as in a COVID-19 vaccine.
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth issued a directive Monday that ordered unvaxxed active-duty troops, as well as those Reservists and National Guardsmen temporarily on active duty and officer cadets, to be booted from the service.
“Effective immediately, commanders will initiate involuntary administrative separation proceedings for Soldiers who have refused the lawful order to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and who do not have a pending or approved exemption request. Commands will process these separation actions, from initiation to a Soldier’s potential discharge, as expeditiously as possible,” Wormuth’s policy says.
Those who are dismissed will receive an honorable discharge – something Republican lawmakers fought for in the latest defense spending bill as protection for those who put personal medical choice over Biden’s mandate.
“Army readiness depends on Soldiers who are prepared to train, deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” Wormuth said in a statement. “Unvaccinated Soldiers present risk to the force and jeopardize readiness. We will begin involuntary separation proceedings for Soldiers who refuse the vaccine order and are not pending a final decision on an exemption.”
Once again the Biden administration is pursuing a policy without following “the science.”
Just last month, a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet suggested mandatory vaccines in the ace of the omicron variant were foolhardy.
“The scientific rationale for mandatory vaccination in the USA relies on the premise that vaccination prevents transmission to others, resulting in a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’ Yet, the demonstration of COVID-19 breakthrough infections among fully vaccinated health-care workers (HCW) in Israel, who in turn may transmit this infection to their patients, requires a reassessment of compulsory vaccination policies leading to the job dismissal of unvaccinated HCW in the USA,” The Lancet reported.
The research also cited findings from studies of prisoners in Texas and of COVID patients in California. The outcome: “Thus, the current evidence suggests that current mandatory vaccination policies might need to be reconsidered, and that vaccination status should not replace mitigation practices such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and contact-tracing investigations, even within highly vaccinated populations.”
The unvaxxed soldiers are being let go even as there seems to be no end to the number of shots necessary to be “up to date,” as the Centers for Disease COntrol and Prevention says.
The Financial Times, in a report designed to indicate how badly America ranks compared to Europe in fighting COVID, now referred to the “pandemic of the unboosted,” indicating that two shots were not enough.
Will soldiers without booster shots now be considered “unvaxxed” and subject to discharge? Don’t be surprised if it happens.
Not only is Biden’s Army secretary ordering unvaxxed troops out, she does so as Biden is slow-walking America into a military conflict with Russia, and as Breitbart News reported, the Army is failing to meet recruiting goals, missing by “several thousand” troops.
The Army, though, is just catching up to the other services.
Breitbart noted that at least 399 unvaxxed Marines have been kicked out, along with at least 45 sailors and 111 airmen.
Editors Note: Talk to your doctor or clinic about your health and the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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