The Marine Corps has passed its deadline for full vaccinations for active duty members, with thousands still unvaccinated and no requests for religious accommodation approved.
The service announced on Monday that by the time the deadline had passed on Sunday, November 28, about 95 percent of its active duty force had received at least one dose, but about five percent were unvaccinated.
Of the roughly 180,000 active duty members, who are about 9,000 or more active duty Marines who have not been fully vaccinated, according to the Biden administration’s mandate for all service members in August.
The Marine Corps warned in October that Marines who did not comply with the mandate would be isolated. The Navy Secretary has said that all of them will not be kicked out a day after the deadline, but it is not clear what will happen next.
“We will address each issue on a case-by-case basis,” Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro told reporters last week, according to Task and Purpose. “We’re not going to kick them all out on the day of the deadline.”
He indicated that the Navy, of which the Marine Corps is a component, would give the Marines an opportunity to change their minds. He reportedly said:
We are going to try to find out what is their problem and what are the barriers to getting the vaccine, we will try to advise them as much as possible, give them the opportunity to change their mind regarding vaccination. Hopefully they will get the vaccination at that time. And if they obviously don’t, they won’t be able to continue serving in the Marine Corps.
Those who have pending exemption requests will not face the consequences until their request is decided, and hundreds of works are still underway.
However, the number of people who did not comply with the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate exceeds the known number of people who requested or were exempted from the vaccine mandate.
According to the Marine Corps, 316 members are under temporary medical exemption, 452 members are granted temporary administrative exemption, and 14 service members are granted permanent medical exemption. It is not clear how many more medical exemption requests are still pending.
The service eventually disclosed the number of people who applied for religious accommodation from the vaccine mandate – 2,441.
The Marine Corps said 1,902 have been processed and “zero requests have been approved.”
A religious accommodation request submitted by a Marine, seen by Breitbart News, included a personal statement from the Marine, a personal statement from a retired Marine confirming their faith, and a statement from the Marine’s senior pastor.
The military archbishop, Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, issued a statement last month, saying that although the Catholic Church has deemed vaccines morally permissible, it does not prevent a service member from believing that the vaccine would be a violation of their conscience. .
In relation to the denial of religious accommodation requests, the Marine Corps said:
The Marine Corps’ process for evaluating requests for religious accommodations that require an exception to the policy follows a rigorous approach to ensure that Marines receive due consideration. The process begins with an interview with the chaplain in the Marine’s unit and an endorsement by the first general officer in the chain of command. The request is forwarded to Manpower and Reserve Matters where it is evaluated by a 3-member Religious Housing Review Board as well as Health Services and Legal. The recommendations of these representatives are sent to the Deputy Commandant of M&RA for final determination. The Marine Corps uses a centralized approval authority for these requests to ensure consistent adjudication of requests.
The Navy Department does not typically provide religious accommodations for vaccinations.
Marine Corps reservists have until December 28 for a full vaccination.
As of November 18, only 66 percent of marine reservoirs were fully vaccinated and 75 percent had at least one dose of the vaccine.
The Marine Corps announced Monday that as of November 24, 79 percent had had at least one dose. It is not clear how many more people were fully vaccinated or received at least one dose.
In a statement on Monday, Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger said: “I deeply appreciate all those who made these vaccinations possible, including civilian and Navy medical personnel, who have helped protect our Marines and families.” For the past months worked tirelessly.”
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