According to AP, up to 40,000 Army Guard troops are still unvaccinated and at least 7,000 are at risk of being dismissed after refusing to take the experimental Covid vaccine, as the deadline for shots looms.
“According to data obtained by The Associated Press, between 20% to 30% of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10% in 43 other states still need shots,” the news outlet reported.
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Around 7,000 national guards have requested exemptions which are almost all for religious reasons.
In an interview with AP, the director of the Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen said, “We’re going to give every soldier every opportunity to get vaccinated and continue their military career. Every soldier that is pending an exemption, we will continue to support them through their process.”
“We’re not giving up on anybody until the separation paperwork is signed and completed. There’s still time,” Jensen added.
Last year, the Oklahoma National Guard announced that they will not impose Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate.
Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a memo that “no negative administrative or legal action will be taken” against anyone who doesn’t get the vaccine.
Biden Pentagon responded and threatened the Oklahoma National Guard for not forcing all members to take the controversial COVID vaccines. The Pentagon threatened the careers of the guard members in the state and announced the state statute may jeopardize their status.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott sued Joe Biden and the Pentagon over its military vaccine mandate last March 2022.
Over 40% of the Texas National Guard are refusing to get the Covid vaccine.