According to a fact sheet released by the White House earlier this week, President Biden has instructed the Pentagon to look into “how and when” it will mandate servicemembers get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The document from the president urged the Defense Department to look into ways to add the COVID-19 vaccines to the list of required inoculations for servicemembers. Biden also ordered that all federal workers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be subject to masking, social distancing, and frequent mandatory testing.
“Today I’m asking the Defense Department to look into how and when they will add COVID-19 to the list of vaccinations the Armed Forces must get,” Biden said on Thursday during a televised White House address.
“Right now, too many people are dying or watching someone they love die and say if ‘I’d just [gotten] the vaccine,'” Biden added. “This is an American tragedy. People are dying who don’t have to die.”