The COVID-19 virus didn’t affect military members like the rest of the population. The latest report states that 80 military members have lost their life due to COVID-19, and that number is deficient considering there are 1.3 million, the mortality rate of COVID-19 .03%.
No population of individuals should be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but considering the mortality rate within the military, they should never be forced to take it.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that military members aren’t jumping for joy at the chance to participate in the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine program.
Starting February 2, the military will “initiate involuntary administrative separation proceedings” for those who haven’t already been vaccinated. The order extends to those who don’t have a “pending or approved exemption request.”
The separation policy covers the Regular Army, Army Reserve on active duty for more than 30 days, cadets at West Point, the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS), and the Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
The military is even pushing out retirees who don’t want the COVID-19 vaccine and says they have to retire “as soon as practicable through expedited processes instead of involuntary separation.”
As far as unearned incentives and special pay, anyone involuntarily separated will lose it and could have to repay unearned pay and benefits according to current policy and regulations.
Even if a soldier is fired, they will be considered “Honorable or General (under honorable conditions) characterization of service unless additional misconduct warrants separation with an Other than Honorable characterization of service.”
There have been a total of 2,910 medical exemptions filed, but none have been approved so far.
Almost 50 Republicans are joining a group of Navy Seals suing President Joe Biden over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which will likely go through. That would exempt the rest of the military from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, which the military couldn’t force.
The charge was filed by First Liberty Institute, which is “dedicated exclusively to protecting religious liberty for all Americans.” The lawsuit claims that the COVID-19 vaccine exemption refusal goes against the soldier’s first amendment rights.
Fetal cells developed the COVID-19 vaccines, constituting a religious exemption. They aren’t in the vaccines, but they should most certainly consider a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccines even in the development.