Pentagon: Service Members Can Request Exceptions to COVID Vaccine Mandate

A Pentagon spokesperson said military service members could request exceptions to the soon-to-be-mandated COVID-19 vaccines, which would be determined by individual military service regulations. “There is a religious exemption possibility for any mandatory vaccine, and there’s a process that we go through to counsel the individual both from a medical and from a command perspective about using a religious exemption,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during a press briefing on Tuesday. The department would make sure that every individual with reservations gets proper counseling on the COVID vaccine’s safety and efficacy, Kirby said. Both a medical professional and a commander would counsel the individual about the risks of not being vaccinated and how that might affect deployability, assignments, travel, teammates, and the mission. “We take freedom of religion and worship seriously in the military. It’s one of the things that we sign up to defend,” Kirby said. “And so …Read More

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