The U.S. Army announced Tuesday that all active-duty members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 15, 2021.
National Guard units have until June 30, 2022, to prove that they are fully vaccinated.
The Pentagon announced in August that it would require the military to be vaccinated.
Members of the Army who refuse a vaccine will be counseled before any punishment, which could include “relief of duties or discharge.”
The announcement comes one week after the military’s deadliest week to date during the pandemic.
Exemptions are available on medical, religious, or administrative grounds.