The Pentagon has announced that it will no longer require service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, though it is still strongly encouraged. The decision comes as more service members have been vaccinated and the number of new cases has declined. The Pentagon had originally planned to make the vaccine mandatory for all service members, but changed course after pushback from some who said they should have the choice whether or not to receive the vaccine.
The Pentagon has announced the cancellation of its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for service members, effective immediately.
The decision was made after a review of the latest data on the efficacy of the vaccines. Service members who have already been vaccinated will not be required to receive a booster shot. The Pentagon is urging all service members to get vaccinated, but it is no longer mandatory.
The decision comes after a federal judge ruled that the mandate was unconstitutional.
The decision affects all service members, civilian employees, and contractors. The Pentagon had previously said that the vaccine would be mandatory for all personnel, but that those who refused to take it would be subject to disciplinary action. The judge's ruling means that the military can no longer require personnel to take the vaccine.
The Pentagon says that it will now make the vaccine voluntary for service members.
In a statement, the Pentagon said that it will now make the vaccine voluntary for service members. The decision comes as the number of service members who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 has declined in recent weeks. The Pentagon had previously said that all service members would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 1. However, the deadline was later extended to May 1. The Pentagon says that the decision to make the vaccine voluntary was made after "careful consideration." The Pentagon also says that it "remains committed to the health and safety of our force and our families."
The move is a victory for those who have opposed the mandate, including many service members who had filed lawsuits challenging it.
A victory for those who had opposed the mandate, including many service members who had filed lawsuits challenging it. The change in policy comes as the military struggles to vaccinate its troops amid a shortage of doses and concerns about the vaccine's efficacy. The Pentagon had required all service members to be vaccinated by April 1, but that deadline was extended to May 15 after only about half of troops had been vaccinated. The new policy will allow service members to opt out of the vaccine if they have religious or medical reasons.
It is unclear how many service members will now choose to get the vaccine, but the Pentagon says that it will continue to encourage them to do so.
This mandate had been in place since December but was met with resistance from some members of the military. It is unclear how many service members will now choose to get the vaccine, but the Pentagon says that it will continue to encourage them to do so. The decision to cancel the mandate comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has begun to decline. However, experts say that it is still too early to know if this trend will continue.