As concerns continue to grow that the United States military may soon enforce an unprecedented COVID-19 vaccine mandate – many members of the armed forces are saying it will be the last straw for them.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie said that he was informed by some members of the U.S. military that they would quit if the COVID-19 vaccine was enforced.
“I’ve been contacted by members of our voluntary military who say they will quit if the COVID vaccine is mandated. I introduced HR 3860 to prohibit any mandatory requirement that a member of the Armed Forces receive a vaccination against COVID-19. It now has 24 sponsors,” Massie wrote on Twitter.
The concern over the forced vaccinations comes after a report claimed that Army headquarters told commanders to prepare for mandatory jabs in September.
The report, published by the Army Times over the weekend, detailed that an executive order sent by the Department of the Army Headquarters said that commanders should be prepared to administer COVID-19 vaccines starting as early as Sept. 1.
The date is contingent on when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues its full approval of the now-experimental vaccines.
The Army Times reported that it had obtained the directive, HQDA EXORD 225-21, COVID-19 Steady State.
“Commanders will continue COVID-19 vaccination operations and prepare for a directive to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for service members [on or around] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure. Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated,” the directive reads.
An EXORD is a directive issued by the president to the defense secretary to execute a military operation.
On July 5, Massie noted that his Twitter post was “targeted” by “science-illiterate, military hating, angry blue [checkmark]” users on Twitter.
“There are no health outcomes based studies that show any benefit from the vaccine for those who have already had COVID,” he wrote.
The congressman also pointed to a Department of Defense study published in late June that found a higher number of military members who got the vaccine experienced higher than expected rates of heart inflammation.
U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force physicians found 23 cases of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation, in previously healthy men. They developed the condition within four days of getting the vaccine, a study published in JAMA Cardiology found.
The study comes weeks after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel found a higher rate of heart inflammation after mRNA vaccines were administered. However, the agency and other health officials have said the benefit of getting the vaccine outweighs the risks.
The apparent attempt to pump vaccines into armed service members by Biden and his team comes after the administration fell short of its July 4th vaccination goal and seems to be looking for any way to increase the percentage of vaccinated Americans – whether those Americans are on board or not.
Author: Lucas Hyatt