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U.S. Troops Will Be Required to get COVID Vaccine by Sept. 15

U.S. military personnel will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine by mid-September, a memo from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday.

Austin said Monday in a memo to Defense Department employees that the vaccination deadline could be moved up if the FDA gives final approval to the vaccine or if infection rates continue to rise.

The New York Times reported about 64% of active-duty military members are fully vaccinated, a low enough number to pose concern for potential outbreaks and international deployments.

“Secretary Austin and I share an unshakable commitment to making sure our troops have every tool they need to do their jobs as safely as possible,” President Biden said, Axios reported. “These vaccines will save lives. Period. They are safe. They are effective. Being vaccinated will enable our service members to stay healthy, to better protect their families, and to ensure that our force is ready to operate anywhere in the world. We cannot let up in the fight against COVID-19, especially with the delta variant spreading rapidly through unvaccinated populations.”

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