According information obtained by the Associated Press, the Pentagon is currently seeking approval on a measure that would require all U.S Military troops to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The memo will require all military personnel to receive the vaccine by September 15th of this year.
“I will seek the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon” licensure by the Food and Drug Administration “whichever comes first,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says in the memo to troops, warning them to prepare for the requirement. “I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different course to the President if l feel the need to do so.”
According to the report, the memo may be the result of President Joe Biden’s request that defense officials develop a plan that would troops to get the vaccine in an effort to increase the amount of vaccinations in the federal workforce.
Austin said in the memo that the September deadline will allow military services to determine what vaccines they will use, and how many of them they will need.
It also allows time for the FDA to give its final approval on the Pfizer vaccine.
More than 1 million troops are fully vaccinated and another 237,000 have received one shot according to information provided by the pentagon. Some military members who have not received the vaccine says they will get the shots once it is required.
The COVID vaccine is expected to be added to the list of other mandatory vaccines for military members.