Despite Democrats’ claims that vaccine mandates will not become common, we keep seeing more and more that looks like vaccine mandates. First, there was California. State and healthcare workers have been informed that they must get the vaccine or face consequences. The city of Denver has told police officers and other first responders that it is “prepared to fire” anyone who makes the very personal choice not to get the COVID vaccine. Now, Biden’s Pentagon has issues a mandate: active duty troops face a looming vaccine mandate, one which could have far-reaching consequences for anyone who doesn’t comply.
The Associated Press reports that the new plan will go into effect on September 15, leaving little time for objections to this forced vaccination. The plan was announced Monday and has the full backing of Joe Biden. Members of the military are required to get the jab, something that could constitute a refusal to obey and order and make troops subject to punishment under the UCMJ:
Army guidance, for example, includes counseling soldiers to ensure they understand the purpose of the vaccine and the threat the disease poses. The Army also notes that if a soldier “fails to comply with a lawful order to receive a mandatory vaccine, and does not have an approved exemption, a commander may take appropriate disciplinary action.”
Military service officials have said they don’t collect data on the number of troops who have refused other mandated vaccines, such as anthrax, hepatitis, chicken pox or flu shots over the past decade or more. And they weren’t able to provide details on the punishments any service members received as a result of the refusal.
Officials said they believe the number of troops refusing other mandated vaccines is small. And the discipline could vary.
Also, service members can seek an exemption from any vaccine — either temporary or permanent — for a variety of reasons including health issues or religious beliefs. Regulations involving the other mandatory vaccines say, for example, that anyone who had a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine can be exempt, and those who are pregnant or have other conditions can postpone a shot.
Some have argued that those who have already had the virus — and have antibodies — are immune and thus should not have to get the shot. It’s not clear how the military will act on those types of assertions.
“I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon” licensure by the Food and Drug Administration “whichever comes first,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says in a memo to troops. “I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different course to the President if l feel the need to do so. To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force.”
“Austin’s message to the Force today on the Department of Defense’s plan to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for our service members not later than mid-September,” Biden said in response to the memo, adding that “being vaccinated will enable our service members to stay healthy, to better protect their families, and to ensure that our force is ready to operate anywhere in the world.”
They laughed at us when we warned that vaccine mandates were coming. Now, they’re here — and becoming more and more common.