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Rumours that the U.S. may be importing a vaccine are causing legal problems for lawmakers. According to reports, U.S. soldiers may soon need COVID-19 vaccinations.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) stated in a tweet that he had received information from military personnel who said they intended to leave the service if forced to get the vaccines.

Massie introduced legislation in June that would prohibit any requirement that service members receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The bill currently boasts 23 cosponsors. They include Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia, Lauren Boebert in Colorado, and Andy Biggs in Arizona.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Republican from Illinois) responded to Massie’s tweet accusing him “pandering” while noting that military personnel are required to get many other vaccines to serve.


Denver Riggleman (Republican from Virginia), said that both sickness and death can negatively impact military readiness.

Both Riggleman and Kinzinger have U.S. military service experience.

The Army Times reported last week that the service has directed commands to prepare for the administration of mandatory vaccines as early as September.

According to the outlet, the order stated that commanders would continue COVID-19 vaccine operations and prepare for a directive mandating COVID-19 for service members [on or about] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure.

A spokesperson for the Department of Defense refused to answer questions about whether the vaccine would be mandatory. Instead, the vaccine is still optional under the Emergency Use Authorization status.

“Shots are voluntary because of emergency-use authorization — DoD is fully complying with U.S. federal code which requires that a vaccine be offered on a voluntary basis while it is available under an EUA from the FDA,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We are determined to make vaccines and information available at all levels – from the Secretary up to the local health facilities.”

Pfizer and Moderna have applied for full authorization, which could allow the military to make the shots mandatory.

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Blue Star Families released a poll that found nearly 2,500 military families had been vaccinated. Among those who had not yet been vaccinated and hadn’t scheduled appointments, 50% said they did not plan to get the vaccine.

A new study also found a higher rate of myocarditis, a condition called heart inflammation, among military personnel than was previously thought. The study revealed 19 cases among the 436,000 second doses given to male military personnel. Researchers were expecting to discover eight cases.

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