“We take freedom of religion and worship seriously, in the military, it’s one of the things that we sign up to defend.”-Pentagon Press Sec John Kirby

Thomas Gnau
Dayton Daily News

August 11, 2021

Active-duty military personnel have a “path” to seek exemptions from a requirement to take COVID vaccines, a Department of Defense spokesman said Tuesday.

That path is defined by each military branch’s regulations, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in public remarks Tuesday.

“There is a religious exemption possibility for any mandatory vaccine, and there’s a process that we go through to counsel the individual both from a medical and from a command perspective about using a religious exemption,” Kirby said.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the vaccine will be required of active-duty personnel beginning next month.

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