US air force discharges 27 for refusing vaccine

WASHINGTON: The US air force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. The force gave its members until November 2 to get the jab, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said on Monday 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 lower-ranking personnel. 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 shot refusal cases an honourable discharge or general discharge under honourable conditions.

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