Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., despatched a letter to President Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin questioning the Department of Defense’s vaccine mandate after receiving experiences that troops had been receiving photographs not licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Johnson mentioned that “multiple sources” have informed his workplace that “the Department of Defense’s (DoD) mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations may not be in accordance with Secretary of Defense Austin’s August 24, 2021 memorandum” as a result of they’re but to obtain “full licensure” from the FDA.

Austin introduced the military vaccine mandate in August, giving energetic obligation troops till Dec. 15 and Reserve and National Guard service members till June 30 to be absolutely vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine. 

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Johnson famous that at the moment the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the one one with non-emergency FDA approval, but a number of experiences point out that there at the moment just isn’t “sufficient approved vaccine available for distribution” to all of these eligible for the shot.

The Wisconsin Republican questioned how the DoD might perform its obligatory vaccination program given the circumstances, whereas requesting data on what number of service members have been given non-FDA-approved vaccines by the DoD.

Johnson additionally requested the DoD present to him all paperwork and pointers concerning the vaccine mandate.

“The Senator’s concerns are twofold: that service members are mandated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and regardless, service members may not be receiving the fully approved vaccine pursuant to the mandate,” a spokesperson for Johnson informed Fox News.

The spokesperson mentioned that vaccine mandates for service members and different professionals danger exacerbating “severe worker shortages,” most notably in well being care settings.

“Vaccine mandates will increase these shortages and degrade our health care system,” the spokesperson mentioned. “Reports on how mandates could weaken military readiness should concern every American, especially our commander-in-chief.”