103 Marines Kicked Out of Service for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

The United States Marine Corps announced on Dec. 16 that it discharged 103 of its members for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Under its guidance, the Marine Corps defines those who “refused the vaccine” as those who “do not have an approved administrative or medical exemption, religious accommodation, or pending appeal” and those who “willfully disobeyed a lawful order.”

The Marine Corps said it has approved 1,007 medical and administrative exemptions and is still processing 2,863 of the 3,144 requests for religious exemptions.

The Marine Corps said that 85% of its active-duty force of 182,500 Marines had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot — the lowest percentage among the military services.

In August, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all U.S. military personnel.

The deadline for active-duty Marines to be vaccinated was Nov. 28 but reservists still have until Dec. 28 to comply.

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