Navy boots first sailors from service for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

Navy boots first sailors from service for refusing COVID-19 vaccine


Twenty sailors have been booted from the Navy for refusing the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, the service announced Wednesday.

The sailors — who are the first the service has separated due to vaccine refusal — were all completing initial training periods within their first 180 days of active duty at the time of separation, meaning they were considered entry-level separations, according to the Navy.

The Navy said a total of 5,268 active duty and 2,980 Navy Reserve sailors remain unvaccinated as of Jan. 5. The service has so far approved eight permanent medical exemptions, 242 temporary medical exemptions and 74 administrative exemptions for active-duty sailors.

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Among those in the Navy Reserve, the service has approved nine temporary medical exemptions and 31 administrative exemptions.

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