Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., despatched a letter to President Biden and Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin questioning the Department of Defense’s vaccine mandate after receiving reviews that troops have been receiving photographs not licensed by the Meals and Drug Administration.
Johnson stated that “a number of sources” have advised his workplace that “the Division of Protection’s (DoD) obligatory COVID-19 vaccinations is probably not in accordance with Secretary of Protection Austin’s August 24, 2021 memorandum” as a result of they’re but to obtain “full licensure” from the FDA.
Austin introduced the military vaccine mandate in August, giving lively obligation troops till Dec. 15 and Reserve and Nationwide Guard service members till June 30 to be absolutely vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine.
Johnson famous that at present the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the one one with non-emergency FDA approval, but a number of reviews point out that there at present isn’t “enough accepted vaccine accessible for distribution” to all of these eligible for the shot.
The Wisconsin Republican questioned how the DoD might perform its obligatory vaccination program given the circumstances, whereas requesting data on what number of service members have been given non-FDA-approved vaccines by the DoD.
Johnson additionally requested the DoD present to him all paperwork and pointers relating to the vaccine mandate.
“The Senator’s issues are twofold: that service members are mandated to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and regardless, service members is probably not receiving the absolutely accepted vaccine pursuant to the mandate,” a spokesperson for Johnson advised Fox Information.
The spokesperson stated that vaccine mandates for service members and different professionals danger exacerbating “extreme employee shortages,” most notably in well being care settings.
“Vaccine mandates will enhance these shortages and degrade our well being care system,” the spokesperson stated. “Reviews on how mandates might weaken army readiness ought to concern each American, particularly our commander-in-chief.”