(PatriotWise.com)- President Joe Biden won’t rule out requiring members of the military to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and he admitted it pretty plainly during an interview on NBC on Friday.
“I’m not saying I won’t,” the president said when he was asked whether he would force members of the military to take the vaccine.
It follows several viral social media clips in which members of the military are asked whether or not they would take the vaccine, to which most laugh and say “no.”
Evidently, the Biden administration isn’t pleased that American soldiers would rather take the risk with a not-so-deadly virus than with an experimental new vaccine, with the president admitting that he is willing to infringe on the freedoms of American soldiers or force them to leave the military if they do not comply.
“I think you’re going to see more and more of them getting it,” he said. “And I think it’s going to be a tough call as to whether or not they should be required to get it in the military because you’re in such close proximity with other military personnel.”
In February, one-third of the United States military was refusing taking the vaccine despite being offered it, according to Pentagon officials. Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro admitted that a large number of soldiers didn’t want to take the vaccine during a Congressional hearing, saying that “acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory.”
And in March, it was reported that the United States military would not be required to take the vaccine. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he wouldn’t mandate it.
“If you believe as I did it’s the right thing for you, please consider accepting it when it’s offered to you,” Austin said, hoping that members of the military would take it willingly.
But clearly they aren’t – or at least, they aren’t in sufficient numbers for President Biden.
As of April 23, some 93,500 Marines have received the vaccine and 52,900 Marines have denied it. That’s around 36%.
We’ll update you if and when President Biden decides to force our military to take an experimental vaccine.