12,000 Airmen Refuse Vaccine Orders From the Top

12,000 Airmen Refuse Vaccine Orders From the Top

(NewsReady.com) – The battle over vaccine mandates is heating up and spreading to the military. In August, the Pentagon ordered all troops to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, thousands of active-duty service members have refused to get the shots, and now the Air Force is facing a big problem.

According to the Washington Post, more than 12,000 active-duty airmen have not been vaccinated yet. Officials are warning there isn’t time for them to do it before the November 2 deadline. Service members who do not have proper medical or religious exemptions could be punished, including facing charges or being discharged.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced HR 3860 to prohibit the COVID-19 vaccine in the military.

The Air Force has over 320,000 active-duty members and roughly 96% have received the vaccine. However, if the military branch has to punish thousands of airmen, it’ll be a significant problem.

Katherine Kuzminski, a military expert at the Center for a New American Security, told the Washington Post (WaPo) that the issue is “leading to potential loss to readiness.” In fact, the news comes just weeks after the Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Index on Military Strength gave the Air Force low marks for military preparedness. In short, the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate could pose a serious safety risk to the US.

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