The Department of Defense is suspending its vaccine mandate on civilian employees after a ruling from a federal judge in Texas blocked Joe Biden’s requirement for federal workers and contractors.
“The Department has issued guidance pausing all activities related to processing civilian vaccination exemption requests and any disciplinary actions for failure to become vaccinated for federal civilian workers,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told journalists.
“This guidance ensures compliance with a nationwide preliminary injunction order issued on Friday the 21st of January by the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas,” he added.
“This injunction does not extend to military members or to the department other force health protection measures such as masking test, keep testing, physical distancing, and travel limitations,” Kirby concluded.
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