Alternate Title: Memorandum from Kathleen H. Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and John E. Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, for Senior Pentagon Leadership, Commanders of the Combatant Commands, Defense Agency, and DoD Field Activity Directors on Methods to Enable and Encourage Vaccination Against COVID-19, May 20, 2021
From the Memorandum: "As the Secretary of Defense has repeatedly stated, the greatest proximate challenge to our Nation's security is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The secretary directed the Department to act "boldly and quickly" to defend the force against the disease, and we thank you for taking action to do so. But the threat of COVID-19 to our Nation and our allies and partners has not yet abated. As of early May 2021, the Department as a whole has suffered more than 285,000 cases, and we have lost nearly 350 of our teammates. We must continue to do all we can to operate safely and effectively in a COVID-19 environment for the foreseeable future. [...] This memorandum reaffirms our support for initiatives to increase vaccination acceptance among all Service members."
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