The Pentagon press secretary on Monday said he was unaware of any communications between the White House and the Defense Department about making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for troops, just days after a top Biden administration official said it was something the Pentagon was “looking at” doing.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Friday said the Pentagon is considering making the vaccine mandatory for troops in consultation with the “interagency process” — the process by which the National Security Council — which is part of the White House — gathers input from the disparate government agencies that handle national security and tees up national security decisions for the president.
A U.S. News & World Report reporter asked Sullivan:
Does the president believe that he has the authority to order all military members to take the coronavirus vaccine — a coronavirus vaccine while it’s still under Emergency Use Authorization? And