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The Pentagon on Tuesday repealed the requirement for US service members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after being forced to do so by Congress.
This health restriction, one of the last major ones that were still in place in the United States, had caused the departure of more than 8,000 people from the ranks of the American army , according to the Pentagon.
Lloyd Austin, the Secretary of Defense, wrote in the memo ending this provision to be “particularly proud” of the action of his department in the fight against the virus. He also indicates that the Pentagon will continue to encourage vaccination.
The text does not mention a possible return to the troops of soldiers dismissed for non-vaccination.
Congress had adopted on December 15, in a text devoted to the budget of the army, a provision asking the Ministry of Defense to reconsider this vaccination obligation. It was intended, according to the Pentagon, to protect the health and the optimal level of readiness of the American military.
Kevin McCarthy, then leader of the Republicans in the House, had assured that the obligation had put at badly the recruitment of the army, the Pentagon answering that it did not have data allowing to affirm it.