The Marine Corps did not mince phrases Monday about what is going to occur to Marines who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine by its Nov. 28 deadline: You may be kicked out.
A brand new message to the pressure stated, “Marines refusing the COVID-19 vaccination, absent an authorized administrative or medical exemption, spiritual lodging or pending attraction, shall be processed for administrative separation.”
Plus, Marines who’re thought-about to have refused the shot already may have their promotions placed on maintain and won’t deploy, and officers shall be relieved of command.
The Corps doesn’t take into account a Marine to have “refused the vaccine” till any administrative, medical or spiritual exemptions are thought-about and determined – although the department says that, as of Oct. 20, no spiritual exemptions have been authorized for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The deadline ought to come as little shock to Marines because the department’s leaders, in addition to these of the Navy, have been laying out steering and deadlines for vaccination for months. In September, leaders in each sea providers introduced that sailors and Marines would have 90 days to get vaccinated.
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A message that adopted on Oct. 6 famous that Marines had till Oct. 17 to get the primary of the Moderna or Pfizer photographs as a way to make the deadline, because the department will take into account a Marine totally vaccinated 14 days after their closing shot. At this level, Marines who need to keep within the service have to get the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine earlier than Nov. 14.
The Marine Corps stated that 83% of its energetic pressure was totally vaccinated as of Oct. 20; the determine rises to 92% when factoring in partial vaccinations. In contrast, the Navy introduced that 93% of active-duty sailors are totally immunized, and 98% have obtained at the very least one dose of a vaccine.
The message notes that Marines who’re separated for refusing the shot “won’t be eligible for involuntary separation pay and shall be topic to recoupment of any unearned particular or incentive pays and advance academic help.”
The brand new message additionally states that Marine leaders will “retain authority to take any extra antagonistic administrative or disciplinary motion they deem acceptable” along with administrative separation.
The Corps’ coverage follows that of the Navy, which launched its personal message two weeks in the past.
— Konstantin Toropin might be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe him on Twitter @ktoropin.
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