Commander of the Oklahoma National Guard, Army Brig. Gen Thomas Mancino, released a memo stating he will not enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for troops.
Back in August, the Pentagon stated the vax would be required for service members.
According to Town Hall, “the memo obtained by The Oklahoman notes ‘no negative administrative or legal action will be taken’ against guard members who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.”
“A spokesman for the Oklahoma National Guard, Lt. Col. Geoff Legler, told The Oklahoman that the memo allows guard members to serve without fear of being punished for not having the vaccine,” Town Hall added.
“The clarified policy on COVID vaccinations for Oklahoma Army and Air National Guardsmen reflects the governor’s ability to assert his command authority over the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard while they are within the state’s borders,” Legler said. “The clarification will allow our unvaccinated Guardsmen to continue to serve in Oklahoma without any negative repercussion, but it does not provide any protection should they need to attend any military school or training activity run by an active duty component or the Department of Defense.”
The Pentagon says it is “aware” of the Mancino memo and will respond “appropriately.”