US Naval Academy Gets Authorization to Vaccinate Midshipmen

The Department of the Navy has authorized the U.S. Naval Academy to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to its midshipmen beginning this week, the academy announced on Monday evening.

According to the academy, the inoculation of the midshipmen would start as early as Thursday, March 11.

In a testimony to the Congress earlier this month, Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck said the first batch of midshipmen who would receive the vaccination would be allowed to take part in the summer training, which is scheduled to start on May 15.

“The Navy has prioritized vaccinating the operational forces first, and they’re developing very safe and healthy bubbles. For midshipmen to participate in summer training programs to meet Navy requirements, we need to begin vaccinating them now,” Buck said.

The academy said that the vaccination of its midshipmen would not cause any delay or obstruction to its previous schedule of vaccinating its faculty members, staff and employees who currently fall under Navy population schema 1b.

The academy also said that taking the COVID-19 vaccine is currently voluntary for its active-duty members since the immunization shot only has an emergency authorization status.

However, it added that receiving the coronavirus vaccine could become mandatory if it becomes licensed later on by the Food and Drug Administration.

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