Air Force, Marine Corps Take More Steps to Roll Back Vaccine Actions as DOD Sets Official Policy End Date

February 27, 2023

The Air Force said last week it will reverse disciplinary or “adverse” actions that may have been taken against airmen who sought religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as Dayton Daily News reported. The Air Force issued its new guidance in a Friday news release.

The Marine Corps, meanwhile, is no longer blocking unvaccinated Marines from being deployed overseas, Marine Corps Times reported.

“There are no current COVID-19 vaccine restrictions on deployments or assignments for the Marine Corps as a service,” Capt. Ryan Bruce told Marine Corps Times. “Marines will defer to Combatant Command policies regarding deployments.”

The DOD-wide requirement that all service members be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been formally overturned, and the services have until March 17 to formally rescind their vaccine mandate policies, as Military Times reported.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram

February 27, 2023

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