Sumary of Agencies That Required Vaccines Before Biden’s Push See Early Success:
- Since the Pentagon announced last month that active-duty military personnel would be required to be vaccinated, the percentage of service members with at least one shot has risen to 83 percent from 76 percent, according to Defense Department data.
- Each service branch is working through its enforcement plan.
- “The secretary of defense is giving commanders across the force the freedom to work through the vaccination process how they best see fit,” said Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesman.
- ”No service members have taken legal action against the mandate, but any who refuse to be vaccinated, “absent an approved exemption or accommodation, may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” Mr. Dietz said.
- Military leaders had grown tired of vaccination rates that stagnated for months.
- More than 80 percent of active-duty service members are under 35, a group that often views itself as impervious to coronavirus infections.
- “Our secretary directed a very aggressive schedule,” said Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force.
- All active-duty Air Force members are expected to to be fully vaccinated by Nov.