Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 15: U.S Army Tells Solders to Get Vaccinated – Or Else

By Anna Breuer on 15 September 2021
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Vaccination requirements are now being extended to multiple constituencies including U.S. army personnel and new immigrants to the United States.

New immigrants who are subject to the immigration medical examination to enter the United States must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement.  The medical examination is for individuals who wish to become lawful permanent residents, also referred to as green card holders.  The examination is “to show they are free from any conditions that would render them inadmissible under the health-related grounds,” the agency said in a statement.

Exemptions will be granted if the vaccine is not age appropriate, if it is not routinely available in the region, or if contraindicated due to a medical condition.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 226.8 million Covid-19 cases and 4.66 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 203.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 152,177, a -5% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,888, a change of 40% over the previous period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 42.29 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 682,400. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.32 million, and a death toll of 443,528, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

Since vaccinations started at the end of last year over 5.79 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion over the past 24 hours and the equivalent of over 75 doses for every 100 people, a one-quarter dose increase per hundred over the past 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 209.98 million people in the United States – or 63.2% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 54%, or 179.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 381.5 million. Breaking this down further, 75.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 195.9 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 65.1% of the same group – or 168.1 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, the U.S. Army is now telling its troops to get vaccinated – or else.  All soldiers and active-duty personnel must be fully vaccinated by December 15, 2021, and Reserve and National Guard members must be fully vaccinated by June 30, 2022.

According to the Army’s guidelines, anyone who refuses to be vaccinated and has not been given an exemption will face suspension or possible dismissal.

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