US Military Will Mandate The COVID-19 Vaccine For All Active Duty Personnel

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Mike Schilling
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    Question for all veterans:

    When you were on active duty, which vaccines were you required to take?Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Mike Schilling
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      Dengue, yellow fever, MMR, DTAP, meningitis, a few others.Report

    • rexknobus in reply to Mike Schilling
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      Within a few days of going into Marine Corps boot camp (April 1969), we ran a gantlet of jet injectors. My memory says that there were at least three Navy corpsmen on either side of a line of us recruits, each with a jet injector and we marched through that corridor of shots — pow, pow, pow. Right arm, left arm, right arm. And then 100 push-ups to soothe the pain. I don’t know what all we got, but my guess is that Mr. Gordon’s comment probably covers a lot. An extra thrill was that if one jerked one’s arm at just the right time (I didn’t flinch — oh, so tough), then the jet injector could slice one’s skin. Saw it happen, Ouch.

      I also got, later on, ten cc’s of gamma globulin in my right buttock (that’s a lot of fluid, again ouch) before heading off to the jungle. Not really sure why — we were not encouraged to question such things. And somewhere along the line, a second smallpox vaccination, giving me a pox scar on both arms.

      Also, a dim memory of getting some sort of hepatitis B vaccination while I was in a unit that had a very high heroin addiction rate. Am not sure about that one, but it rings true. And, no, I wasn’t “self-medicating.”

      Other than initial discomfort, I remember no real lasting effects of all of this.Report

      • JS in reply to rexknobus
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        The first Hep vaccines debuted until the late 80s, so unless you put in your 20 years that seems unlikely.

        It got added to the recommended vaccines in 94, then Hep A was added in 2000.

        Worth getting if you didn’t as a kid. A case of hepatitis is both unpleasant and *very* expensive to cure.Report

        • rexknobus in reply to JS
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          I’m sure you’re right. My memory is very dim. It seemed as it it were something that worked against liver damage (?). Knowing what they shot into us, or choosing whether or not to go along, was not a luxury we enjoyed. I didn’t think much of that at the time. Just following orders. And our corpsman (ill-fated unfortunately) was a very cool and trusted guy. “Doc says get it? No problem.”Report

    • Kolohe in reply to Mike Schilling
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      Like people have said here and elsewhere on the internet, I got so many at indoc I honestly don’t remember.

      I was also in during the Anthrax inoculation period like Andrew mentions, but also don’t remember if I had any of them. I don’t think I did. I distinctly remember getting anti-malarial meds a couple of times as a prophylactic measure prior to deployments, but those were just pills.

      I also got the smallpox vaccine right before my (final) deployment, which was an IA (individual augment) to Afghanistan, because I am of the age to be born just past the point where that was standard, and they had stopped because it had been eradicated. (That vaccine also had the most cautions* out of any I knew, because they were like ‘absolutely don’t touch the area because you’ll get in on your hands then on your face and then actually get smallpox)

      *and graphic images, similar to how smoking and drunk driving campaigns work.Report

  2. Marchmaine
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    “…and I’m immune to Anthrax, so I got that goin’ for me too.”

    is how I’d end every chit-chat at a party.Report

  3. Philip H
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    Us non-DoD career feds are being required to either attest to vaccination, or get tested once a week. Ditto our contractors. And agencies are beginning to roll out their OPM approved reintegration plans, which hinge on vaccination, social distancing and indoor mask wearing. Uniformed DoD may find this a different beast then the Anthrax debacle.Report

  4. Oscar Gordon
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    Anthrax concern was for it’s deployment as a bio weapon, which is a different beast from an infection that is a pandemic.Report

  5. Chris
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    This has the added bonus of making all the troops magnetic.Report

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