Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet been fully vaccinated against Covid as the Pentagon deadline.
There are different vaccination deadlines for the different services – The Navy and Marine Corps share a November 28 deadline.
The air force’s deadline for vaccination is November 2 and the army’s deadline is December 15.
Biden told the 2.1 million service members that they should be vaccinated against Covid or punished.
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members have yet to be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. servicemen remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the first Pentagon deadlines close, with sharp rates in individual services and a rise in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political divisions over the shots in an impartial force with unequivocal commands.
In general, the military’s vaccination rate has risen since August, when Department of Defense leaders, according to a prescription from President Joe Biden, notified the country’s 2.1 million troops that immunization would become mandatory. would be rare and those who refuse would be punished. Yet the response from the troops is sharp, according to data reviewed by The Washington Post.
For example, 90 percent of the fleet with active service is fully vaccinated, while only 72 percent is from the Marine Corps, according to the data, although both services have a November 28 deadline. In the Air Force, more than 60,000 personnel have just three weeks to meet the Department of Defense’s most ambitious deadline.
But other services are not on such a steady path, and critics believe that the large gaps between vaccination deadlines jeopardize the readiness of the military in a time of crisis. They refer specifically to the reserves and the National Guard, which has been called in in numerous emergencies over the past two years – abroad and abroad – and yet a large number of their staff have so far refused to be vaccinated.