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Army announces vaccine deadlines

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FILE – In this Wednesday, April 20, 2011 file photo, U.S. Army soldiers are seen with Uganda People’s Defence Force soldiers at the closing ceremony for operation ATLAS DROP 11, an annual joint aerial delivery exercise, in Soroti, about 400 kilometers east of Uganda’s capital city Kampala. While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is providing intelligence and training to fight militants across the continent, from Mauritania in the west along the Atlantic Ocean, to Somalia in the east along the Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

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.