Following indications that the US Army is set to make COVID vaccinations mandatory for all service members, Kentucky representative Thomas Massie has introduced legislation to block the effort.
As we reported yesterday, an Army Times report noted “The Army has directed commands to prepare to administer mandatory COVID-19 vaccines as early as Sept. 1, pending full Food and Drug Administration licensure.”
“The directive came from an execute order sent to the force by Department of the Army Headquarters,” the report adds.
An update to a purported leaked military directive says that “Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated.”
While the Army and the DoD denied any plans for mandatory vaccines, Massie says he was inundated with messages from service members, prompting him to pen a bill, which now has 24 sponsors.
I’ve been contacted by members of our voluntary military who say they will quit if the COVID vaccine is mandated.
I introduced HR 3860 to prohibit any mandatory requirement that a member of the Armed Forces receive a vaccination against COVID-19.
It now has 24 sponsors. https://t.co/lbqYESmBYy
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 3, 2021
Massie followed up the tweet with another noting that angry leftists targeted him for cancelation, and argued over semantics, but only succeeded in making the story more viral.
Massie also noted that there is no known benefit to taking the vaccine for those who have already had COVID.
The science-illiterate, military hating, angry blue ✔️’s targeted this post yesterday and in doing so helped me get over 7 million impressions!
ps. There are no health outcomes based studies that show any benefit from the vaccine for those who have already had COVID. pic.twitter.com/yokruxQrZg
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 5, 2021
Detractors argued that service members cannot actually just “quit” (not the point), while others suggested that troops are already subjected to thousands of mandatory vaccines, and they never know what they’re being injected with… so it’s fine… or something: