Sep 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

U.S. Army warns troops may be disciplined if they don't get vaccinated

A soldier receives the vaccine

A soldier receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

The U.S. Army announced on Tuesday that troops could face discipline if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The big picture: The deadline for U.S. Army troops to be vaccinated is Dec. 15. 40% of Army troops had been fully vaccinated as of late August. National Guard units have until June 30 next year to meet the vaccination deadline.

What to expect: "While soldiers who refuse the vaccine will first be counseled by their chain of command and medical providers, continued failure to comply could result in administrative or non-judicial punishment — to include relief of duties or discharge," per an Army statement.

What they're saying: Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the U.S. Army surgeon general, said in a statement that the Army introduced the measure as coronavirus case "counts and deaths continue to be concerning as the Delta variant spreads."

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