Over 11,000 active-duty Air Force personnel unvaccinated as deadline looms

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In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, then U.S. Central Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Austin, who now serves as defense secretary, issued a Nov. 2 deadline in late August for all troops to get a vaccine unless they receive an exemption. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Zachary Stieber The Epoch Times The Air Force could lose thousands of troops in the coming weeks as over 11,000 active-duty personnel remain without a COVID-19 vaccine, just days before the deadline to get one. Some 96.4% of active-duty airmen were partially or fully vaccinated as of Oct. 25, the branch said in its latest vaccination update. That means approximately 11,462 airmen have not begun a vaccination program before the Nov. 2 deadline to become fully vaccinated. Another nearly 12,000 reserve personnel or Space Force members remain unvaccinated, according to data released by the Air Force. Reserves have until Dec. 2 to become fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means getting a vaccination regimen and then at least two weeks elapsing. Members who haven’t yet sta
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