If you believe, as I did, that (being vaccinated is) the right thing for you ... I hope that you'll consider accepting it when it's offered to you. — Lloyd Austin, United States Secretary of Defense
If you believe, as I did, that (being vaccinated is) the right thing for you ... I hope that you'll consider accepting it when it's offered to you. — Lloyd Austin, United States Secretary of Defense
Pentagon chief urges service members to get vaccinated after it was revealed one-third are opting out
"If you believe, as I did, that (being vaccinated is) the right thing for you ... I hope that you'll consider accepting it when it's offered to you," Austin said.

In the statement, Austin encouraged anyone who worries about the safety of the vaccine to visit the CDC and Defense Department websites for more information.

"You'll see that they are safe and they are effective. And you'll see that millions of your fellow citizens have already taken them with little to no side effects," Austin said.

The military cannot require troops to get the Covid-19 vaccine because it only has an emergency use authorization from the FDA at this point. Approximately one-third of service members eligible to receive the vaccine have opted not to do so.
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