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Defense secretary responds to Oklahoma governor’s vaccine mandate concern – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-11-29 17:01:23 –

Oklahoma City — US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin responded in a Monday letter to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s concerns about the National Guard’s vaccination requirements.

Stitt opposed the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine obligations and partnered with a new deputy general, Brig. General Thomas H. Mancino ensures that Oklahoma soldiers do not have to comply with the requirements.

Details >>> Members of the Oklahoma National Guard need to expect the consequences of a vaccine refusal, the memo said.

“In making the decision to request vaccination of service members, we considered thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths among service members, civilians, and their families. COVID-19 was a service member. Temporarily or permanently frees us from the fight and jeopardizes our ability to meet the requirements of our mission, “Austin wrote in Stitt.

“The concerns raised in your letter do not deny the need for this important military readiness requirement.”

Austin says service members who do not follow federal orders could lead to training and banning members’ participation in training, endangering their position in the National Guard.

Vaccination deadlines for active military personnel are December 15, but National Guard must be vaccinated by June 30, 2022.

Governor Stitt’s office replied to the letter: “Governor Stitt appreciates Austin’s response to his letter and maintains the position of Governor as Commander-in-Chief while all members of the Oklahoma State Guard are in Title 32.”


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