The Navy is approaching 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine denial separations
The Navy is approaching 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine denial separations

The Navy is approaching 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine denial separations

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Gregzon Fontanilla, from Guam, prepares a COVID-19 vaccine aboard the US-class USS Tripoli (LHA-7) amphibious assault ship on May 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is on track for 1,000 separations due to COVID-19 vaccine denial, where the Navy has approved separations for a further 56 sailors over the past week.

The fleet currently has 980 total separations due to continued refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the service’s weekly COVID-19 update. Of the separations, 861 are active seafarers, while 97 are reservists. The total amount also includes 22 entry-level separations for sailors within their first 180 days of service.

The current separations are sailors who have not applied for religious exemptions, as the Navy is currently suspended from separating anyone who has requested religious exemption for the vaccine due to a court decision. But any of the separations before the court ruling on March 28 could have included those who had requested a religious exemption and were rejected.

The Navy had approved 37 religious exemptions for seafarers who were to retire or be voluntarily discharged from service, but these cases were put on hold as a result of the court decision.

The Navy has also granted 13 religious exemptions to members of the Individual Ready Reserve on condition that they be vaccinated if called to active service or reserve status.

The Navy has also granted 14 permanent and 214 temporary medical dispensations to active seafarers and a permanent and 81 temporary medical dispensation to reservists.

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