The Pentagon is requiring that every one civilian workers be totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 by Nov. 22 – a transfer affecting greater than 700,000 people.

The Pentagon had beforehand ordered all 1.3 million active-duty service members to be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus. To date, over 93% have acquired at the least one dose.


But Fox News obtained a memo signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, which directs civilian workers to additionally develop into vaccinated.

“All DoD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, subject to exemptions as required by law,” Hicks wrote, noting that workers are thought of totally vaccinated two weeks after finishing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, like Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson.

“New DoD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by their entry on duty (start) date or November 22, 2021, whichever is later,” Hicks wrote.

Hicks cited the manager order President Biden signed final month, directing all government department businesses to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal workers to “ensure the health and safety of the Federal workforce and members of the public with whom they interact.”

The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 9, 2020. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo)

The Pentagon constructing in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 9, 2020. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo)
(REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo)

In the memo, Hicks mentioned those that should not presently totally vaccinated should meet a number of deadlines.

For these receiving their first dose of Moderna, people have till Oct. 11 to take action, with these receiving Pfizer having till Oct. 18. Hicks mentioned people should obtain their second doses of both Moderna or Pfizer by Nov. 8.

Civilian workers have till Nov. 8 to obtain their solely dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Hicks mentioned that workers “must be prepared to provide a copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record in order to meet forthcoming procedures for DoD COVID-19 vaccine verification.”


Hicks added that further steering, together with procedures for processing vaccination exemption requests, shall be printed.

“Vaccinating DoD civilian employees against COVID-19 will save lives and allow for the defense of our Nation,” Hicks wrote. “Thank you for your focus on this critical mission.”

Despite some concern over vaccine mandates, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel decided over the summer season that federal regulation doesn’t prohibit public businesses and personal companies from requiring COVID-19 vaccines which can be underneath emergency use authorization (EUA).

The opinion notes that some have questioned whether or not such entities can lawfully impose such necessities.

In the opinion, the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel says the regulation regarding emergency- use authorizations “does not prohibit public or private entities from imposing vaccine requirements, even when the only vaccines available are those authorized under EUAs.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was totally accepted by the Food and Drug Administration in August.