Secretary of Defense Memorandum declaring intent to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory

| August 10, 2021

The Secretary of Defense released a memorandum to the military. It informs the troops that a request will be forwarded to Joe Biden for the vaccines to be mandatory to all Service Members. The target mandatory date will be the middle of September, or sooner the moment one of the vaccines gets full FDA approval. The memorandum closes with the statement that the vaccines are safe and highly effective.

From the Memorandum:

Based on these consultations and on additional discussions with leaders of the White House COVID Task Force, I want you to know that I will seek the President’ s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure, whichever comes first.

By way of expectation, public reporting suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could achieve full FDA licensure early next month.

The intervening few weeks will be spent preparing for this transition. I have every confidence that Service leadership and your commanders will implement this new vaccination program with professionalism, skill, and compassion. We will have more to say about this as implementation plans are fully developed.

In the meantime, we will comply with the President’s direction regarding additional restrictions and requirements for unvaccinated Federal personnel. Those requirements apply to those of you in uniform as well as our civilian and contractor personnel.

We will also be keeping a close eye on infection rates – which are on the rise now due to the Delta variant – and the impact these rates might have on our readiness. I will not hesitate to act sooner or recommend a different course to the President if I feel the need to do so.

To defend this Nation, we need a healthy and ready force. I strongly encourage all DoD military and civilian personnel – as well as contractor personnel – to get vacciated now and for military Service members to not wait for the mandate.

All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. They will protect you and your family. They will protect your unit, your ship, and your co-workers. And they will ensure we remain the most lethal and ready force in the world.

Get the shot. Stay healthy. Stay ready.

The entire Memorandum could be read here. Fox News has the related article.

Category: "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves", Coronavirus, COVID-19, Military issues

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Dustoff

Wait a minute. I thought we had to weed out all of that systemic racism stuff before we did anything else. Man…I’m confused.

26Limabeans

Mandatory is such a flexible word lately.

pookysgirl, WC wife

“All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective.”

That means that none of them are, since none have actually been approved by the FDA.

But what do I know? I’m just a wife of someone who’s now a disabled vet because the military lied to him about his health.

Atlanticcoast63

…Which leads me to a question. What will DOD do when a dependent tests positive? We already know that it’s possible to be COVID positive and be vaccinated- will DOD pursue disciplinary action if someone pops positive? Will they quarantine that member and their fellow servicemen? Inquiring minds wanna know…

26Limabeans

The new “infrastructure” bill has money for building the camps.

Roh-Dog
2banana

And the Anthrax vaccine was safe and highly effective too.

Blaster

Was the the one that felt like 40w oil going in?

SFC D

The last couple I had felt like liquid fire.

USAF RET

exactly…..so they said

Roh-Dog

The ‘Swine flu’ vaxxxxx was pulled because an incident rate of Guillain-Barre Syndrome of 8.8/million persons dosed and it was pulled off market.
The J&J/Jenssen shot is 8.1/mpd. (CDC)

I don’t know about any of y’all, but fk them.

KoB

Another way to help weed out independent thinking Service Members to make more room for the Stasi.

We don’t need to get “woke”. We need to wake up to the fact that our own grubermint is slowly but surely destroying the USA.

A million plus unvaccinated people poured thru the border and were sent thru-out the Country. And more coming everyday. Convince me that doesn’t have something to do with the spread of this bug. I’ll wait.

MCPO USN

Keyboards getting abused this morning as retirement papers are being dropped. Hope Lloyd “The Grifter” is happy now and has a plan for recruiters to replace all these trained personnel with woke confused gender whiners. China wins!

USMC Steve

Not a part of that stupid motherfucker’s plan. Fucking up the military because he is nothing but an incompetent affirmative action hire is.

MCPO USN
AW1 Rod

Damn! A Truth MOAB!

The sad thing is that the BOD will very likely ignore everything that the good Dr. said, and stick with the Faucist dogma.

Daisy Cutter

“The cake is a lie.” — Portal —

ChipNASA

Daisy,
Missed the keyboard and spit all over my printed out e-mails. And chunky, not just tea but I was chewing… (shakes my damn head)

Jay

Cue the backdoor/blackmarket Corpsman making a killing ‘vaccinating’ records for $100 a pop.

26Limabeans

Some cities are offering cash payments as an incentive.
Property taxes being used as bribes…..

USAF E-5

The old pencil whip machine. Tappa tappa tappa.

Sarge

We referred to it as “expeditious annotation” back in the day

Roh-Dog

When these Service Members do the Walk of Liberty we need to get them into VSOs ASAP IOT effect the composition of these orgs for the deep fight we face: the one against a ‘science-worshipping’ corporatist tyranny of ‘tolerance’… of excellence.

We are the resistance.
Long live the Republic.

SFC D

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a federal law in place that says service members cannot be required to receive an experimental vaccine, a law passed because the anthrax program worked so well? And again, correct me if I’m wrong, but when did the SECDEF and that guy drooling on the Resolute desk get the authority to supersede that? Ohhhh yeahhh right about the same time the CDC got the legal authority to say “you don’t have to pay your rent”. This ranks right up there with “I have a pen and a cell phone”.

Roh-Dog

Well, the AUMF allows the uniparty to declare anything they don’t like as ‘muh terrorisms’, don’t get the shot you’re an al-Quesadilla.
Ipso facto, you gotta go anti-science bigot.

Remember, you only have rights the government allows.

May I have a food credit Joe? I toed the line.

LC

I imagine any legal challenge would center on what constitutes an ‘experimental’ vaccine – note that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are FDA approved, they’re just FDA approved under the EUA protocol, not the standard one. This still does involve a review of clinical trials, manufacturing process, etc.

Under the EUA, they’re still required to submit ‘investigational new drug’ reports, I think, and they’re tracking stats in various databases, too. And, notably, FDA hasn’t yanked their EUA, which is definitely in their toolbox if that data raised any concerns. Between that and the fact that Pfizer has shipped ~500 million doses already, I think it’s a tough sell to suggest it’s ‘experimental’ by most standards at this point.

SFC D

I probably should have used “unnapproved for general use” instead of experimental.

Jay

Curious and curiouser….why did the US buy 1.4 TRILLION doses of this shit from jump? That’s enough to give every citizen (using REAL math, not Biden math) the original 2 shots, along with TWO booster shots. Hmm…

Roh-Dog

“You will get these shots until the Bioterrorism Med Companies are solvent, citizen” —The GovCorp, 0bummer “Care” Compliance Division

Isn’t progress grand?

LC

Because that’s a smart strategy when we don’t know the efficacy of different vaccines? Much of this started under President Trump, with the US government contracting to buy almost one billion doses, including things like 300M of the AZ vaccine, 100M of Pfizer, 100M of Moderna, 100M of J&J’s, etc.

This was early on, and a part of the Warp Speed project, and gave us a better chance of having significant doses of a viable vaccine – after all, it takes infrastructure to produce these, and the capital from the purchases helped there.

Some of those, like the AstraZeneca, aren’t approved for use in the US at the moment. So those 300M doses we bought are no longer helping to cover Americans who might need one. So newer purchases go to the most proven ones, like when the Biden Administration just purchased an additional 200M Pfizer doses:

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/pfizer-says-us-govt-buying-200-mln-more-doses-covid-19-vaccine-2021-07-23/

There’s nothing nefarious going on, it’s just an instance of ‘never put all your eggs into one basket’.

USMC Steve

We do know the efficacy. It has none. Given that the Word of the day from the CDC is that the shot don’t work, that you can still get China virus after getting it, that you still have to wear a mask, gloves and a body condom after getting it, etc, etc, etc, there is no reason to get it at all. Bullshit and lies and nothing more.

LC

We do know the efficacy. It has none.

First, we were talking about why so many shots were ordered, before we knew the efficacy.

Second, no, the efficacy is not zero just because some people still got it. Do you think the ‘efficacy’ of body armor is also zero, because some people wearing it still get killed? Or seatbelts, since some people still die in accidents while wearing them?

Roh-Dog

Sorry, LC but the burden of proof is on the makers of the mRNA toxic concoction and their lapdog, block-check lackeys at CDC/FDA/HHS.

The infection rate among the test group should be slightly concerning to, idk… anyone with a brain cell or 2.

You’re a smart person. You know if you’re looking for efficacy there needs to be a weighting of impacts versus protection. In theory, a reasonable argument could be made of 0 efficacy.

Just concede the point as a subjective standard from Steve and extract your panties from your ass crack, they done knotted.

LC

In theory, a reasonable argument could be made of 0 efficacy.

Let’s hear it then. How do you explain, with zero efficacy, why the vast majority of recent deaths have been in the unvaccinated?

And, to be clear, the thread above is talking about the early stage orders for vaccines. There’s some evidence now that the mRNA vaccine efficacy drops significantly with the delta variant. But still, it’s hardly zero.

And not to quibble, but no, efficacy of a vaccine does not take into account the weighing of impacts vs protection. Mandating its use certainly does, as it’s critical in terms of medical ethics and societal freedoms.

Roh-Dog

“the thread above is talking about the early stage orders for vaccines”

-Oh, im sorry we diverted from the talking points. Maybe they, idk…lied about the efficacy. Which btw, IS demonstrable.

“why the vast majority of recent deaths have been in the unvaccinated?”

-Again, the data/rates of hospitalized vaxxed individuals in various areas (Barnstable County, Israel) shows that’s bunk, or at least dubious.

“There’s some evidence now that the mRNA vaccine efficacy drops significantly with the delta variant. But still, it’s hardly zero.”

-Meaning a multi course of ‘boosters’ may have to be administered which increases the likelihood of injury, maybe even dependence on the GMI. Know how I don’t know this for a fact? Because THEY don’t know.

“And not to quibble, but no, efficacy of a vaccine does not take into account the weighing of impacts vs protection.”

-Fine. Lets just increase the schedule and dosage until the efficacy is 100% or death, which ever comes first. Care to readjust your shot group, chief?

USMC Steve

How many people got the shot has nothing to do with the efficacy or effectiveness of the vax. That just demonstrates how well the PR campaign for it worked. And given that those hawking it, and the CDC now say it does not work, demonstrates that it does not work. If they are to be believed. They have told many different self contradicting stories this last year and a half. As to all the doses ordered, they should not have been, given that they were experimental, as they are now by the way. You DO NOT inject people with stuff that has not been fully tested unless you want to have problems with it.

USAF E-5
Retired NFO

Yes, there is. Rep. Green from TN and others informed him by letter a week ago. The fax has to be fully approved by the FDA except for specific operational purposes. No word from the congress critters yet.

Forest Bondurant

In “Doe#1 v. Rumsfeld, 297 F. Supp. 2d 119 (2003), a federal court held that the U.S. military cannot mandate EUA vaccines for military personnel.

https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/2326816/doe-v-rumsfeld/

LC

I’m not a lawyer, but first, the ‘EUA’ process doesn’t exist in that document. Now, I think that’s because it didn’t exist then, but to say that says the US military can’t mandate EUA vaccines is a bit of a stretch as that language is nowhere in there.

Second, the primary point in that case seems to be that the military was trying to use AVA in a manner for which it wasn’t reviewed – that is, it was first licensed against cutaneous anthrax, not inhalation anthrax exposure, which is what the military was trying to use it for. That’s also different than a vaccine manufactured specifically for COVID.

I imagine some high-paid lawyers might try to argue it doesn’t matter, or that the vaccines were designed for the original strain of COVID and not the dominant ones now, but I’m inclined to think it’s an uphill fight, to say the least.

Forest Bondurant

It’s the legal opinion that’s applicable. It is tied to other case law that is specific to experimental drugs and US service personnel.

Commissar

We never had the right to decline a vaccine when I was serving, I remember a few high profile cases of service members declining the Anthrax vaccine and being prosecuted. Successfully.

Because a solider getting infected reduces readiness; and if in an operational environment they become a liability for the mission

And due to the close association of living conditions, formations, training, and working conditions a soldier being infected because a risk for the entire unit. Particularly with something as virulent as Covid delta variant which has an R0 of 4-5 even with a significant percentage of the population vaccinated.

The seasonal flu typically has an R0 of 1-2.

The reason you get vaccinated, even as a civilian, is to protect no just yourself…but to protect others.

Both of these things are exactly what a soldier has a duty to do.

And these vaccines has been tested on tens of millions of people worldwide. Side effects and complications have carefully been tracked.

All the hysteria are fear mongering behind them are caused by social media nonsense.

If you are not vaccinated you are a danger to others. A danger to your family, your friends, coworkers, people unlucky enough to be near you in public..and if you are in the armed services you are a danger to you entire unit, the military family on your posts, and the mission.

penguinman000

How cute, it read a talking points memo and uses terms like R0.

The fact it equivocates the mechanism of action for the anthrax vaccine and the various COVID vaccines is precious.

And the irony of it speaking about “duty” is astounding.

It speaks but has no grasp of what it says.

A Proud Infidel®™

Goebbels had wet dreams of having useful propaganda idiots like Major Moonbat!

Roh-Dog

“Authoritarian Utilitarianism is ok if the priestly scientists inculcate us our completely logical religion of mass hysteria as it absolves us of all liability.
Why don’t you understand?! We will be right, even if forced to harm millions because of your recalcitranceousnesses.” —Enlightened Fascists

Anonymous

It’s okay when Democrats do it, again.

Poetrooper

“It speaks but has no grasp of what it says.”

And supposedly an Army officer and Berkeley grad student. One who can’t spell SOLDIER?

What a total loser…

Anonymous

SFC D

Is that you, Fauci? You’re both frauds.

Jay

Odd….because I was on slate for deployment to Afg and declined my smallpox shot due to having a pregnant wife at home. That was in 2012. I retired in 2017. Just like I didn’t get the mandated flu shot my last 5 years.

‘Side effects and complications have been carefully tracked’? Please….this is the same country that can’t even track who is coming in/exiting our southern border. I trust drinking a glass of Mexican water before I trust the US Government, and this is coming from someone that served for 20 years.

Ironically, up until the world lost it’s every loving MIND 18 months ago, we USED to call people “Granny Killers” who didn’t get a flu shot. Which is weird…because in my last 5 years I wasn’t a danger to myself, my family, my friends, coworkers, people unlucky enough to be near me in public….nor was I a danger to the entire unit, the military family on my post, OR the mission.

So if you’re scared of a virus…wear a mask and get your jab. As for me, I will tend to trust my body to do what it was designed to do: fight off infection.

Hatchet

Yup. More 3B(blah, blah, blah) from our resident FRAUD. Tiny-minded pompous PIPSQUEAK ..
FUCK OFF

USMC Steve

Wrong again. That shit they tried to inject us with in Desert Storm was illegal, untested, and we were ASKED if we wanted the shot, to which we said NO. When the FDA found out the military was trying to dose us with experimental ineffective and untested bullshit, they went nuts about it.

Stacy0311

We have this experimental botulinum toxin shot. Completely voluntary. When the volunteer rate was 0.0%, suddenly it became mandatory.

Combined with the NAPP pills, the weekly DEET fogging of the BN area, the generally shitty air quality is it any wonder Gulf War Syndrome is a thing?

Anonymous

Which led to the badly-handled upset about the Anthrax vaccination (FDA-approved and decades old) that, in turn, feeds into the current (and could-be-improved) reaction to and handling of vaccinations now.

Milo Mindbender

Hey Fuckstick answer me one question.
How are these positives being tested since the PCR test lost credibility?
My brother did the J&J one and done on May 6th, and suffered 2 strikes courses by clotting on May 13th his 51st birthday. He is now legally blind, and the faux vac is not even being noted as a possible factor.

USMC Steve

All wrong as usual. Given that the CDC et al have told us the vaccine does not work, mandating that we still social dixtance and wear masks, and all the conditions we had to perform before vax, then obviously the vax is suspect and probably useless. If you have to do all the restrictive stuff mandated by the various psyops campaigns running over China virus, then there is no reason to get a patently dangerous and experimental vax with very significant death rates and side effects.

Roh-Dog

CNN: Breakthrough infections prove vaccines work

Yep. They said that.
The note in the article that ‘vaccinated’ individuals can spread the infection, asymptomatic or symptomatic. There’s been studies that show ‘vaccinated’ can slough a higher level of viral particles.

So, define ‘work’

This whole thing is horseshit, here’s the king of this clown show opening his c**kholster:
[Fauxi] reiterated during the White House briefing, “Covid vaccines give strong protection against the Delta variant, and it protects you, your family and your community… For disease itself, It’s an eight-fold reduction. For hospitalization, 25-fold reduction and for death, 25-fold reduction.”

Some would say a ‘25-fold’ reduction would be significant. Barnstable blew that out of the water, douche. Israel and the FDAs pending ‘cover-up’ by ‘approving boosters’ should MORE than illuminate this medical malfeasance, but lapdogs gonna lapdog.

Y’all got got. Admit it and move on

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/12/health/breakthrough-infection-covid-vaccine-misleading/index.html

Commissar

Anthrax is a required vaccine….and anthrax i Pham’s more sever side effects and complications….

And if you are infected with anthrax you are not a threat to others. It is not contagious.

Being infected with Covid makes you are a liability to unit readiness and a serious threat to the rest of the unit.

There is no reasonable argument for a vaccine being optional for a service member…during a pandemic…with a highly infectious virus…and a particularly highly infectious strain dominating the population.

The only reason the Pentagon has been slow walking the requirement is because of all the partisan snowflakes, pearl clutching hysteria…and flock of propaganda addled sheep.

A Proud Infidel®™

Hey shit-for-brains, just how often did we ever hear of Anthrax outbreaks in the first place? That and some Big Pharm outfit, one that libtards like you screech against made a pile of money off of selling that vaccine to the US Government and now the politicians you worship are making money off of this vaccine for the virus from China! BTW, how about the hordes of unvaccinated Illegal Aliens pouring in over our Border thanks to your Heroes “Hairplugs” Biden and “Heels in the Air” Harris?

Jay

…except that whole fact it isn’t FDA approved. So that whole “Get the Jab” campaign, puts you smack dab in the middle of the testing phase.

Tell me pray tell: How exactly do they tell if it’s the “Delta Variant” or plain ol’ Covid someone has come down with? Oh thats right….they can’t.

I mean, they CAN….after doing specific genomic sequencing, but not every one has ACCESS to that specific type of testing,

Hatchet

Pathetic… Can’t spell, can’t compose a sentence, never mind format a paragraph. YOU are a pathetic FRAUD.
FUCK OFF

USMC Steve

How about the fact that even the CDC SAYS IT DOES NOT DO ANYTHING? It don’t work dumbass. Get it through your head. It is useless.

PavePusher

“It is not contagious.”

You clearly do not know the actual definition of that word.

Antrax is very much contagious, but takes direct physical contact, usually easily avoided.

So, while it is harder to pass on than Covid, it is most certainly “contagious”.

SFC D

If it wasn’t contagious, there’d be no need for a vaccine. But, consider the source.

Commissar

I Pham’s……is supposed to be “has”….

I don’t know what happened there.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

We don’t know what happened to you, either, SPAPOS. We just wish you would self-quarantine and STFU.

26Limabeans

Side effect of the vaccine.

SFC D

“I don’t know what happened there”. That’s pretty much a constant.

David

I finally agree with something he said. It’s taken years.

Poetrooper

“I don’t know what happened there.”

Said your mother…

Hatchet

It follows because THE very first words that Commie-czar-ZEK ever heard in the maternity ward, was: “I’m sorry Mrs. ZEK, I don’t why I dropped the baby”.

Hatchet

So, even the SIMPLEST grade-school spelling completely eludes you? Have you EVER heard of the term PROOF-READ?! Yup. FRAUD.

A Proud Infidel®™

Major Moonbat, it’s a PITY there’s no vaccine to counter your being a 24K dumbshit, that’s something you really need!

Sapper3307

Meanwhile in the barracks?

Sapper3307

Religious exemptions time, go visit the Chaplin’s office.

26Limabeans

Then a lawer.

Sapper3307

15-6 investigation and a congressional investigation.

Jay

I’m already a licensed minister…..and i’ve got the religious exemption card ready.

Roh-Dog

This needs to be spread to every single Service Member as an affirmative defense against this stupidity.
16 Congresscritters including 4 Doctors of the Medicines?
Proof enough for this guy.

Sapper3307

Ka-Boom!

Hate_me

A lot can happen in a month. I’ll wait until the official order comes down (or it is imminent and they’ll pay me your tax money to get it a few days sooner).

Roh-Dog

I just had another “logos” brought to us by the Government, United States, 1 Ea.
In the vein of ‘burn a village to save it’
‘We need to kill some people to save them’.

I’m really grateful that we all get to pay for the harm done to the bravest among us.

Sapper3307

The CDC is getting spicy!

Veritas Omnia Vincit

I don’t recall anyone offering me a choice back in the 70s…they just told us to get in the fucking line, shut up, and get your shots…

What’s the big deal here?

Get the shot or get out…when did this stuff become optional?

SFC D

2003, after the raging success of the the anthrax vaccination. Service members cannot be required to take a vaccine that’s not FDA approved for general use. This vaccine ain’t.

QMC

Yep. I swore I’m never taking anymore experimental crap again. I’m sticking to it.

Anonymous

Not to mention those “experimental” vaccines folk forgot to note in shot records in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Roh-Dog

This is a giant medical experiment. From a moral stand point, we shouldn’t force anyone to become a guinea pig in a medical experiment.

The demographics of the Military are at very low risk from the ‘infection’, but at a disproportionately high risk with the injection.

The choice is: lose 1-2 personnel per 5,000 to a cold or potentially wound 1% with longterm injuries to heart, lungs, brains, reproductive organs, etc.

SFC D

It’ll eventually be considered presumptive by the VA.

USMC Steve

When they started trying to inject us with patently dangerous experimental bullshit not approved for use on humans by a proper testing process, and having a very significant side effect and mortality rate. Illegal order, refuse to obey.

And that crap they tried to inject us with during Desert Storm was pretty much the same deal, and thousands of us in both 4th and 5th MEBS told them to fuck off on that one too.

QMC

Okay. Lawyer up time.

(So close to retirement)

Stacy0311

Latest COVID numbers at a major Army base that will remain nameless:
21 COVID case
11 military
8 hospitilized (3 family memember, 5 retirees. 1 retiree in ICU{individual was vaccinated})
cases in the surrounding country 43.6 per 100k.

Tell me again why we need this shot?

Anonymous

Fauci needs a career boost.

SFC (R) Blizz

Lots of debate in both directions. Let me ask this question. If there was a problem with any of the vaccines, are we confident the Government would admit it?