Boston, Mass., Dec 9, 2022 / 15:30 pm
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members is just a few steps away from being eradicated, as Republicans in the House of Representatives have secured a compromise with Democrats dropping the mandate from the nation’s annual military spending bill.
The almost $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was bipartisanly passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 350-80 on Thursday. The Senate is reportedly expected to vote on the bill next week before it is sent to President Joe Biden’s desk to be enacted into law.
Part of the bill mandates that the government rescind the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that was announced in August 2021. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III said in the mandate announcement that “our vaccination of the force will save lives.”
In the mandate announcement, Austin said that mandate would be “subject to any identified contraindications and any administrative or other exemptions established in Military Department policy.”