Pentagon Ends Vaccine Mandate For U.S. Military After Kevin McCarthy Demanded To End It

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 21: A vial of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, labeled for ages 2 to 5 during research but still acceptable for children below age 2, is seen at UW Medical Center - Roosevelt on June 21, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began today across the U.S.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)Washington. Covid-19 vaccinations for children younger than 5 began today across the U.S.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • McCarthy, while serving as House Minority Leader, forced an end to the vaccine mandate last month after he said that the NDAA would “not move” unless the mandate was removed from the bill.
  • “The end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense,” McCarthy said in a statement last month.
  • “Last week, I told the president directly: it’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members.”

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