According to a recent announcement, the Navy has removed its first group of sailors for failing to comply with Democrat President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The group of 20 sailors, all of whom had recently entered active service, were removed using entry-level separations, meaning that they are separated for their first 180 days.
On December 15th, Navy commanders were given the order to initiate the separation process against servicepeople who refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Navy explained further that as of January 5. 2022, the service has approved just eight permanent medical exemptions, 252 temporary exemptions, and 74 administrative exemptions, but no religious exemptions regarding the mandate, despite the requests of over 3,000 active duty requests.
Within the Navy Reserve, there are not any current permanent medical exemptions, just nine temporary exemptions, 31 administrative, and total denial of the 691 religious exemption requests issued by Ready Reserve service members.
On December 24th, the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee was delayed in its deployment to South America following multiple positive COVID-19 tests from some of its crew, a few of which exhibited mild symptoms. All of the illnesses were breakthrough cases as the crew is “100% immunized” as the Navy announced at that time.
Vaccine mandates targeted at U.S. military personnel have proven to be a serious pain point and has led to multiple lawsuits. As of right now, no military branch has given religious accommodation approval as an exemption from the mandate.
At the beginning of the week, a federal judge granted a group of Navy SEALS a temporary injunction against the mandate for religious purposes as part of their suit against the President.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of the Norther District of Texas issued the stay after 35 active-duty SEALS as well as three reservists filed suit through the First Liberty Institute in order to preserve their freedom of medical choice from Biden’s overbearing mandate.
O’Connor’s ruling declared that the service members in the case “seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms.” He added that the military does not have the power to supersede the Constitution.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby blandly said of the ruling that he was “aware” of the situation and that the government would be “reviewing it.”
Author: Christopher Bryant
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