At a press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, woke Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin‘s Press Secretary said the military was sticking to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite President Biden calling the pandemic “over.”
“Certainly, from the Department of Defense standpoint, we still have a requirement to vaccinate when it comes to COVID. And so we’ll continue to implement our measures,” said the Pentagon’s Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder. “And again, at the end of the day for us, this is about readiness — about war-fighting readiness.”
No, it’s not. Enforcing the vaccine mandate in the military, just as in the civilian population, was and is a means of identifying and targeting those who refuse political compliance.
“The Biden Administration’s military vaccine mandate is clearly harming military readiness by creating unnecessary recruiting and retention shortfalls,” Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) said in a recent statement. He and Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) led 41 Republicans in pressing to lift the vaccine mandate.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over forty percent of men aged 18-24 years old have refused vaccination for Covid-19. In the Southern United States, an area responsible for half of the nation’s enlistments, that number is over fifty percent. Off the bat, your vaccine mandate disqualifies more than forty percent of the Army’s target demographic from service nationwide, and over half of the individuals in the most fertile recruiting grounds,” they wrote.
“In the past, you have insisted the Covid-19 vaccine mandate is an imperative for readiness, but increasing amounts of data raise legitimate questions about your assertion,” they wrote. “We also know that natural immunity provides better protection against infection and death than existing Covid vaccines, yet the Department still refuses to recognize it in lieu of vaccination.”