240 Sailors Discharged From Navy for Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine.

The Navy reported on Feb. 9 that 240 sailors had been discharged for refusing to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. All except one of them who were released were on active duty. Twenty-two of them were discharged during their initial training periods or within the first 180 days of active duty. Active-duty sailors must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 28, 2021, according to the Navy. Reserve forces had until December 28, 2021 to complete their mission. In January, the Navy began releasing sailors. Some sailors have been waiting for judgments on requests for religious or medical exemptions from the rule. Despite receiving 3,348 religious exemption requests from active-duty troops alone, the Navy has yet to issue a single religious exception. Ten permanent medical exemptions, 250 interim medical exemptions, and 50 administrative exemptions have been issued by…

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