‘We Still Have a Requirement to Vaccinate’

The Pentagon on Tuesday said it was sticking to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, despite President Joe Biden calling the pandemic “over.”

“Certainly, from the Department of Defense standpoint, we still have a requirement to vaccinate when it comes to COVID. And so we’ll continue to implement our measures,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder at a press conference.

“And again, at the end of the day for us, this is about readiness — about war-fighting readiness,” he said.

Republican lawmakers argue that the Biden Administration’s mandate for all service members to be fully vaccinated is actually hurting readiness, since it is affecting recruiting and retention of current troops.

Times Square Recruitment Center-A woman walks past the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square February 20, 2003 in New York City.  (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

At the same time the Pentagon is facing a historic recruitment crisis, it may lose…

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