Thousands Of Active-Duty Air Force Members Miss Deadline For COVID Shots
Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC
The Pentagon announced a vaccine mandate for military personnel across all armed service branches at the end of August.
Many of them have complied with the mandate, but two months later, at least 8,500 active-duty members of the Air Force and Space Force are in non-compliance and risk being kicked out of the military, according to AP News.
As of Wednesday, the Air Force has 326,000 active-duty members of the Air Force and Space Force, with 95.9% fully vaccinated and 96.9% with at least one shot. Tuesday was the deadline for active-duty members to be vaxxed.
Around 8,500 service members had not been vaxxed as of Tuesday. A total of 800 had “verbally refused,” 2,753 had not started the vaccination process, and 4,933 have pending religious exemptions.
“Over the next 30 days, the Department of the Air Force will review requests for medical exemptions and religious accommodations,” the service said.