The US military announced deadlines for the vaccination of soldiers against the coronavirus on Tuesday.
The military will require that all active duty members be vaccinated by December 15, 2021, and that all Reserve and National Guard troops be vaccinated by June 20, 2022.
“It is literally a matter of life and death for our soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army Surgeon General, said in a statement. “The number of cases and deaths continue to be of concern as the Delta variant spreads, making force protection through mandatory vaccination a health and readiness priority for the entire military. . ”
Those who do not comply could face “a suspension and relief,” the statement said.
All active-duty troops in four military branches will need to be vaccinated by the end of the year.
The U.S. Air Force has said active-duty military will have a November 2, 2021 deadline to get vaccinated. Reserve and National Guard troops will have a deadline of December 2, 2021.
The US Navy and US Marine Corps last month set deadlines for active duty members to be fully immunized by November 28, 2021. Reservists from both branches will need to be fully immunized by November 28. December 2021.
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