Biden’s Decision on COVID Vaccine for Military

| June 23, 2021

The military has pursued vaccinating the force against COVID-19 over recent months. However, taking the shot has remained voluntary, and those who refuse cannot be reprimanded.

The vaccine is classified by the FDA as Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and by law cannot be made mandatory for use on military members.

The reason? The anthrax debacle of the late ’90s. The available FDA approved anthrax vaccine was intended for people exposed to infected animals who might contract the disease through skin contact.

But the military was concerned with weaponized anthrax that would be air-delivered. The vaccine was not tested for that kind of protection.

The lone anthrax vaccine producer, Michigan Biologic Products Institute, was cited by the FDA for improper storage and labeling of the vaccine. The company, then known as BioPort Corp., faced investigations, reviews and criticism over manufacturing problems.

The potential Gulf War Illness connection, and the problems at BioPort prompted congressional and executive actions that, in 1998, required troops be given a choice in whether or not to take experimental drugs or procedures.

The COVID-19 vaccine cannot be made mandatory for the troops without either the FDA’s official license, or Presidential Executive Order.

Fortunately we have a decisive President. Just not the one in the Oval Office.

Biden says mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for military ‘a tough call’


President Biden has not dismissed requiring all U.S. service members to get a COVID-19 vaccine once the shot is fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but says the decision is a “tough call.”

“I don’t know. I’m going to leave that to the military,” Biden told NBC News’s Craig Melvin in an interview broadcast Friday.

“I’m not saying I won’t. I think you’re going to see more and more of them getting it. And I think it’s going to be a tough call as to whether or not they should be required to have to get it in the military, because you’re in such close proximity with other military personnel.”

Roughly 780,000 service members, or close to one-third of the total force, are partially or fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest Department of Defense numbers.

All Pentagon personnel and their beneficiaries are now eligible to receive a vaccine, in line with the rest of the U.S. population, but thousands have chosen to forgo the shot. Because the vaccines were approved under the FDA’s emergency-use authorization, military officials can’t mandate the inoculation.

Adding to the headache, the Pentagon does not track how many military members reject the vaccine, making it difficult to pinpoint why troops, sailors and airmen are holding off.

Several valid concerns come to my mind. Here’s one.

Remember BioPort Corp, the Anthrax vaccine source? The corporation has since become Emergent BioSolutions, and is subcontracted to provide the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration released a 13 page report detailing the findings from its inspection of the Emergent BioScience’s factory.

The FDA inspection of the sub found the facility was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material going into a batch of shots.

Sign me up for none of that.

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  1. Martinjmpr says:

    The potential Gulf War Illness connection, and the problems at BioPort prompted congressional and executive actions that, in 1998, required troops be given a choice in whether or not to take experimental drugs or procedures.

    Wait, WHAT?

    I mobilized in 2004 for OIF out of the National Guard.

    We absolutely were NOT given a choice (unless by “choice” you mean “take the vaccine or face punishment for failure to obey a direct order.”)

    IIRC the Anthrax series was something like 6 or 7 shots over a 2 or 3 years period. We were mobilized for a year so we only got three of the shots but we were never “asked” whether we wanted them or not.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Anthrax vaccine was green-lighted post-2002.

      Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

    • thebesig says:

      I took the initial anthrax series of vaccinations as we deployed to initiate Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now I’m down to the booster shots, got the last one prior to deploying to Iraq in 2009.

      We took other vaccinations, one of them we were not supposed to touch or mess with the injection site.

      I’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID 19 for over two months now, so far so good. :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous says:

      My *ss has to take it to go anywhere (you know, like a mission) so…

  2. Crucible says:

    Those experimental meds we were ordered to take in DS made many of us sick then, and we stopped taking them even when we were ordered to keep doing so (which was pretty quickly forgotten when things began). I can’t help but wonder if they had anything with some of the later issues I had including a heart attack at the grand old age of 30. I certainly don’t fault anyone for not taking the vaccine now accordingly.

  3. USAFRetired says:

    Fox News

    A CDC advisory panel suggested a likely link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and rare reports of heart inflammation in younger age groups, but noted that the benefits of receiving a shot still “clearly outweigh” the risks.

    The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group, which presented during the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting Wednesday, said the “data available to date suggest likely association of myocarditis with mRNA vaccination in adolescents and young adults.” The group noted myocarditis most often appeared after the second dose, which was similar to data reported through VAERS.

    The experts also discussed potentially adding risk language to vaccines.

    It does appear that mRNA vaccines may be a new trigger for myocarditis yet it does have some different characteristics…” said Dr. Matthew Oster, MPH, CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force during the panel meeting Wednesday.

    Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the Immunization Safety Office at the CDC, noted 484 preliminary reports of myocarditis and pericarditis among vaccinated people under 30 as of June 11 against a backdrop of over 27 million administered doses. Of the total, 323 met CDC’s case definitions for myocarditis and/or pericarditis, 309 of whom were hospitalized, 295 were discharged at the time of analysis and at least 79% recovered from symptoms. Nine remained in hospital care, with two in intensive care, and 14 weren’t hospitalized.

    The question is when they remove the Emegency Use Authorization will it be for all age groups and genders?

  4. Stacy0311 says:

    Of course you’re not punished if you don’t get the shot. However, your off duty movement is limited. Where you can go on leave is limited. Attendance at schools is limited. The only thing that isn’t limited is showing up to work.

  5. KoB says:

    I got the J&J back in early April, mainly cause my pill pusher said I should, and it would make it easier to get on a plane later this year. I figured all the crap that they injected us with back yonder (that we WERE NOT given a choice as to whether we wanted it or not), I was covered for everything including “social diseases”, rabies, distemper, and cat scratch fever. So far I haven’t grown a third ear…yet.

  6. MCPO USN says:

    Not getting it. Already refused it at my command. Was asked what my problem was for not getting it. Told the Skipper I was too healthy to get a fake vaccine for an illness I do not have and would have a 99% chance of surviving anyway. Somehow the conversation immediately turned to the weather.

  7. Dglasal says:

    Been reading about air travel and vaccinated people. Appears a correlation between the spike proteins of the vaccines developing blood clots and air travel. One airline reported 4 pilots developed blood clots resulting in their death after they were vaccinated. It seems that the blood clots are developed when flying above a certain altitude. I have not seen what altitude that is, but airlines pressurize their aircraft to equal 8,000 ft. (I believe its 8,000)

    Since deploying is mostly by air (Army, Air Force), I hope the brass is looking seriously into this.

  8. Duane says:

    We got the J&J because we wanted to travel overseas, and I felt it was the lesser of the evils. I do however have several former ANG coworkers that went through the entire Anthrax fiasco that have some nasty medical issues that never happened until they got those shots, and their medical battles have continued to this day. After the dust settled with the Anthrax mess, I hoped that the military and powers to be learned their lesson about forcing members to get a shot, but sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case. All of this makes my taking an early retirement back in 2013 look better and better every day (I wasn’t 60 but had 30 years military at that point in time)