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Air Force Discharged 27 Service Members for Refusing to Get Vaccinated

The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, but thousands have refused or sought an exemption status.

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27 individuals have officially been discharged from the Air Force for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate. The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, but thousands have refused or sought an exemption status.

On Monday, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. She said all of them were in their first term of enlistment, so they were younger, lower-ranking personnel.

Politico reports that while “the Air Force does not disclose what type of discharge a service member gets, legislation working its way through Congress limits the military to giving troops in vaccine refusal cases an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable condition.”

Stefanik said that none of the 27 discharged members sought any type of exemption such as medical, administrative or religious. As a result, they were formally removed from service for failure to obey an order. Stefanek said it is also possible that some had other infractions on their records, but all had the vaccine refusal as one of the elements of their discharge.

Politico adds, “Several officials from the other services said they believe that so far only the Air Force has gotten this far along in the process and discharged people over the vaccine refusal. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption.”

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  1. John

    December 14, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I went through the same thing with the anthrax vaccine. I was due to return to the states in a month so the doctor refused to give it to me due to a shortage of vaccine. It was reported that I refused the shot and I (a civilian) was processed for removal. It cost me $3000 for a lawyer but I got the last laugh. Due to bureaucratic ineptitude I was kept on the payroll for a month while I sat at home on full pay. It ended my chances for promotion but I was close to retirement anyway.

  2. Robert Anderson

    December 14, 2021 at 10:27 am

    I thought Biden’s vaccine mandate was overturned by the courts. This is an insane policy.

  3. Jack Fanning

    December 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    That is a good start. Get rid of about 270,000 more military and shut down half of the defense contractors. We could save some real money. Give the money to American citizens if they promise to use the money to buy assault rifles and ammo to protect their homes and businesses from the communist rioters. Let Ali Baba and the forty thieves hire their own private security guards instead of using Uncle Sugar’s soldiers (our children) to keep the Middle East safe from the Religion of Peace devotees.

  4. Joseph Rogowski

    December 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    The military really gives you little choice when it comes to innoculations.
    Just one of those things about joing the service. In return, the military is expected to tend to your health.

  5. Rio

    December 15, 2021 at 10:06 am

    is this your king

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Congressional Democrats Minimize COVID-19 Lab Leak Theory as Senate Hearing Highlights New Testimonies

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Congressional Democrats continue to downplay the significance of COVID-19’s origin despite conclusions from the FBI and the Department of Energy suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 likely leaked from a Chinese lab. This shift comes after prominent witnesses, including those promoting new books on the talk-show circuit, have conceded that the lab-leak hypothesis is not a “conspiracy theory.”

Just The News reports that this disinterest was evident during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, where Democratic attendance was notably sparse. Robert Garry, a Tulane University microbiologist and co-author of the “Proximal Origin” paper in *Nature Medicine* that initially dismissed “any type of lab-based scenario,” faced significant Republican scrutiny with little defense from Democrats.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) confronted Garry, accusing him of being central to “propaganda” allegedly mobilized by Dr. Anthony Fauci, then-director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to “censor people who ask questions.” Exposed communications reveal that the authors of the Proximal Origin paper largely shifted their stance on the virus’s origin after consulting with Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins.

Garry defended his work, claiming it has withstood immense scrutiny and asserting that “new data” convinced him that COVID-19 emerged naturally. He maintained that SARS-CoV-2 is “definitely” not a “laboratory construct” and cited an unclassified summary indicating that “four IC elements” and the National Intelligence Council lean toward natural exposure.

Hawley vehemently disagreed, stating, “That is a lie. I have read” the classified assessments, while accusing Garry and his colleagues of propagandizing the public. Hawley emphasized that the intelligence community did not reach the conclusions Garry described.

The hearing saw limited participation from the Democratic majority, with only Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) speaking. Peters suggested that while the lab-origin theory is “possible,” it is unlikely to be conclusively resolved due to potential non-disclosure by the Chinese government.

Garry reiterated that early COVID samples pointed to the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan as a “hotspot” for the virus, though he conceded that definitive evidence for natural emergence is lacking without raw data from China and records from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) presented exposed communications indicating that Fauci’s “inner circle” of scientists initially considered a lab escape “so friggin’ likely” based on substantial circumstantial evidence. Paul highlighted that the authors internally discussed the improbability of a natural emergence without significant genetic modifications.

Richard Ebright, a Rutgers University microbiologist, testified that the WIV had proposed risky research involving furin cleavage sites in a grant proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 2018, using only basic safety precautions. He claimed SARS-CoV-2 is the only known SARS-related coronavirus with such a furin cleavage site, which mathematically suggests a lab origin over a natural one.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have demanded various documents and information from the SEC regarding its investigation into Hunter Biden’s business associates. This follows a pattern of Republicans seeking greater transparency and accountability in government-related investigations.

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently suspended and proposed debarment for Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, which funneled NIAID funding to the WIV. This move signals a tightening scrutiny over controversial research funding and potential conflicts of interest.

 

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