Report: Defense Secretary expected to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for active duty troops

Washington DC, USA – FEBRUARY 10 2021: President Joe Biden talks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III during a visit to the Pentagon.

By Jenny Goldsberry

Secretary of Defense Gen. Lloyd Austin is expected to announce a controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandate for active duty troops soon, sources close to CNN confirmed.

Austin’s current view is to “seek authorization to make (vaccine) mandatory”

CNN Sources

Austin’s “inclination is towards making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory,” a defense official told CNN.

The Joint Chiefs have met to discuss how a mandatory vaccination plan might work, since President Biden’s last speech on the vaccine,. Austin has also been consulting with military medical authorities, the defense official said. Austin’s current view is to “seek authorization to make it mandatory,” according to those sources.

Biden even said he knew that Austin is “open to it.” With the president’s approval, he is likely to move forward with the mandate.

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