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Compulsory Vaccination of U.S. Armed Forces Remains Controversial

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In 1777, George Washington led the first mandatory military vaccination program when he directed soldiers of the Continental Army to be inoculated against smallpox. Soldiers had the option of voluntarily exposing themselves to the smallpox pustules either by scratching their arms or inhaling it through their noses.1 The story of George Washington being the first […]

U.S. Marines Not Fully Vaccinated by Nov. 28, 2021 Will Be Dismissed

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After several tactics to encourage mass vaccination of U.S. troops, the Marine Corps has given its active duty members a strict order: refusal to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 28, 2021 will result in discharge.1 In August, the Pentagon announced mandatory COVID vaccinations for all active duty and reserve military members, including the National Guard.2 […]

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