following full approval of Pfizer’s two-dose shot by the Food and Drug Administration. Before then, COVID-19 vaccines had been optional.Active-duty units are now expected to be fully vaccinated by Dec.
15, 2021, and reserve and National Guard units are expected to be fully vaccinated by June 30, 2022.Soldiers may request administrative or medical exemptions.Soldiers who refuse the vaccine without an exemption could face administrative or non-judicial punishment – to include relief of duties or discharge, a release from the Army stated.
They will first be counseled by their chain of command and medical providers. Additionally, commanders, command sergeants major, first sergeants and officers in Command Select List (CSL) positions who refuse.