Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country – or about 13 percent of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service.
Guard soldiers have until next Thursday to get the vaccine.
Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that between 20 percent to 30 percent of the Guard soldiers in six states are not vaccinated, and more than 10 percent in 43 other states still need shots.
Guard leaders say states are doing all they can to encourage soldiers to get vaccinated by the time limit.