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In an April interview, Biden declined to rule out a compulsory vaccination order for US troops, describing the decision as a “hard decision”. The commander in chief said he would “leave this to the military,” but added, “I’m not saying I won’t. I think you will see more and more of them get it.”
In one Video statement On Friday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pleaded with soldiers to get vaccinated and said the military’s health professionals would give the vaccinations “as soon as we get them.”
“All available vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for one simple reason: They are safe and effective,” Austin said. “I got my shots and I hope you will too.”
The navy remains the branch of the military in which most of its armed forces are vaccinated. The Defense Health Agency announced last month that 77 percent of active sailors had received at least one shot.
The same data showed vaccination rates of 70 percent in the Army, 61 percent in the Air Force, and 58 percent in the Marine Corps. By Wednesday, the Pentagon had administered around 4.4 million shots – with more than 226,000 soldiers partially vaccinated and more than 988,000 fully vaccinated.