The Biden administration has rescinded the military vaccine mandate after the GOP forced it to.
"The Biden Pentagon released a memo from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Tuesday evening that formally rescinded its COVID-19 military vaccine mandate, after Republicans forced the administration to back down via defense legislation last month," reports Breitbart.
The memo rescinds the vaccine mandate for National Guard, active duty, and Reserve forces.
"Austin had ordered, on August 24, 2021, that all forces be fully vaccinated or else face discharge from the military," reports Breitbart.
"At least 8,400 troops were discharged, with several tens of thousands who had applied for accommodation requests — either medical, administrative or religious. Tens of thousands more reservists — up to 60,000 by some estimates — also remained unvaccinated and were on the chopping block, exacerbating a recruiting crisis," reported Breitbart.
"Troops also successfully sued to temporarily enjoin the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps from taking action against anyone who had applied for a religious accommodation, and the Pentagon inspector general indicated in a memo to Austin that blanket denials of religious accommodation requests potentially ran afoul of the law," reports Breitbart.
"Some troops also fought the mandate on the basis that the DOD can only mandate FDA-approved vaccines, and that the DOD was administering a different version that was still under Emergency Use Authorization and not FDA-approved," according to Breitbart. "A then-DOD official, Terri Adirim, dubiously argued in a memo that the two vaccines were interchangeable."
Republicans have promised to address the issue of reinstatement of discharged troops with back pay in 2023.