All 700,000 civilians in the Department of Defense must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, the Pentagon said late Monday.
The mandate – in line with last month’s move by the Biden administration to oblige federal agencies to implement vaccine requirements – will “save lives and enable our nation to be defended,” said a memo signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on Friday .
On Tuesday, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithOvernight Defense & National Security – Pentagon officials are grilled by House House MPs, push the Pentagon over Afghanistan deduction Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by AM General – The Quad confab MORE (D-Wash.) Said the move “will save lives and continue to protect communities in the United States from this deadly virus” and lauded it as “the right decision for our public health and national security.”
Defense Minister Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinThe unseen problems in Afghan defense and national security – Afghan evacuation flights to resume soon Troops move to block the Pentagon’s vaccine request in court In late August, all soldiers and military personnel were ordered to “start immediately” to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
It allowed the military services to set their own deadlines for the request, and Hicks’ memo sets the schedule for when civilian personnel must start recording the shots, depending on the brand.
Those who receive the Food and Drug Administration-approved Pfizer vaccine must have their first dose by October 18 and the second by November 8.
People who choose the Moderna vaccine have a slightly different schedule, with their first dose being required by October 11th and their second by November 8th.
Those who received the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, meanwhile, have until November 8th.
No exceptions will be made for employees who are already sick with COVID-19 and have recovered from COVID-19.
More than 372,000 coronavirus cases have been reported among defense personnel, of which 67,000 were civilians. About 1,930 civilians were hospitalized and 321 died, according to Pentagon data last Wednesday.