Pentagon Will Make the Coronavirus Plague Vaccine Mandatory for All 1.3 Million American Troops After Biden Ordered Defense Secretary to ‘Explore the Matter’

Following a directive by President Joe Biden to explore the matter, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is leaning toward requiring all U.S. troops to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.

The Pentagon chief has been examining the issue as the Biden administration looks for ways to boost vaccination nationwide, while protecting military personnel who must content with viral variants even as they carry out their duties of providing for the national defense.

Austin’s ‘inclination is towards making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory’ for active-duty troops, CNN citing a Defense official.

The signal on his reported posture comes after Biden – who as commander-in-chief can issue the vaccine order for the the troops – made his own preference known, without going so far as to call for it.

Biden said last week in a speech on boosting vaccination that he had asked the military ‘to look into how and when they will add COVID-19’ to to the list of mandatory vaccinations service members already must get.

‘Our troops serve in places throughout the world, many where vaccination rates are low and disease is prevalent,’ he noted.

The military are one of the few groups Biden can directly order to get the shot. For other Americans, he has relied on persuasion, even getting behind the idea of $100 prizes for those who get their jabs, which have the benefit of lowering spread of the virus and protecting unvaccinated people including children.

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Source: By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor for