Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2021 / 17:13 pm
The Pentagon is reportedly set to require that all troops receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a memo that was first obtained Monday by the Associated Press.
The memo from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that he would be seeking “the president’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September,” or when the vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, if that occurs first.
The FDA is expected to approve the Pfizer vaccine early next month. Presently, all three coronavirus vaccines currently being distributed in the United States--Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson--are under an emergency use authorization.
The move to mandate the vaccinations is supported by Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Broglio told Catholic News Agency on Monday that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, along with Pope Francis, “had recognized the morality of the vaccine.”