Up to 30,000 service members remain unvaccinated and face the same fate.
The Marine Corps said Thursday that one hundred and three sailors have been discharged for refusing to take the COVID vaccine, while military services still refuse to vaccinate 30,000 active duty service members – even. After several opportunities past the vaccination deadline.
In late August, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered compulsory COVID vaccinations for all U.S. military personnel.
Shortly after Austin Govt made the vaccine mandatory, military services quickly set their own deadlines and warned that they would face deportation until they were vaccinated. A legal order from Austin.
While the percentage of vaccinated active workers in each service is 95% or more, the number of non-vaccinated employees is close to 30,000.
Earlier this week, the Air Force first announced that 27 Air Force personnel had received administrative discharges and had complied with the warning.
According to the latest figures provided by the Air Force and Navy, 7,365 flight attendants and 5,472 sailors have not been vaccinated, have been denied the vaccine altogether or are awaiting processing for administrative, medical or religious exceptions.
The Marine Corps said Thursday that 95% of its 182,500 Marines have received at least one COVID shot, the lowest percentage in military service. The Marine Corps has approved 1,007 medical and administrative exceptions, and is still enforcing 2,863 of the 3,144 claims made for religious exemption.
There were already soldiers serving in the United States Required 12 vaccines should be given, including measles, polio, anthrax, chicken pox and influenza. Overseas service members should receive up to five people, such as yellow fever or meningitis, depending on which world they are assigned to.
The military announced on Thursday that nearly 98% of its 478,000 active duty personnel had been vaccinated, or 10,000 non-active personnel.
The military says 3,864 soldiers have refused the vaccine altogether, and 6,263 soldiers are awaiting execution of their demands for exemption.
Most service members who have not been vaccinated have sought religious exemptions, but none of the services have yet been approved for religious exemptions.
The Defense Accreditation Bill, passed by Congress this week, guarantees that service members who have been expelled from the military for refusing to be vaccinated will receive honorable expulsion or “public deportation under honorable conditions.”
Unlike other services, the military has decided not to expel veterans who refuse to be vaccinated. Instead, they will be “flagged”, will not be promoted and will have to leave the military when their enrollment agreements expire.
Lt. Col. Terence Kelly, a military spokesman, told ABC News that flagged soldiers who refused to receive the vaccine should submit to a routine Govt test.
A soldier who reports daily to the same workplace will be subjected to a weekly check, while those who do the teleworking and those who need to visit their work location will be checked within 72 hours of the meeting or work activity, Kelly said.
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