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

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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