The marine U.S announced Thursday that staff who refuse to be vaccinated against covid-19 He will be expelled from their ranks as of November 28.
“Now that vaccination against covid-19 mandatory for all military personnel, the navy announced plans to begin discharging those who reject get vaccinated without a pending or approved exemption “, said the institution in a statement.
Until now, members of the armed forces had avoided answering questions about what will happen to troops who do not want to be vaccinated, although immunization has been mandatory since the end of August.
The navy indicated that 98% of its 350,000 active members have begun or completed the vaccination process.
The figure drops to 96.7% for those who have received at least one dose in the military overall, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday. If included in the reserve, the estimate is 80% with at least one dose.
If the other forces take measures as drastic as those of the navy, they may have to separate themselves from some 46,000 men and women, although the number of vaccinated is likely to rise before the deadline.
Vice Admiral John Nowell, the navy’s chief of staff, said the navy has suffered 164 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Who are driven out for refusing the vaccine will be honorably discharged but could lose some benefits or have to pay for education and training received, the newsletter notes.
The navy is particularly sensitive to the pandemic, because a single case can infect an entire ship or submarine, rendering it useless.