Fort Riley soldiers may soon be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine

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Active duty soldiers at Fort Riley may soon be mandated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gen. Perry Wiggins, who heads up Gov. Laura Kelly’s military council spoke about the potential mandate Thursday on KMAN’s In Focus.

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According to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said previously he would not be comfortable with a mandate until vaccines are fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, after a returning from Asia this week, Mr. Austin reportedly asked military services how and when they would go about putting a mandate in place.

Wiggins says vaccine mandates are not a new concept for troops.

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Fort Riley Commanding General D.A. Sims also recently imposed General Order No. 12 requiring masks indoors for all personnel regardless of vaccination status.

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If Secretary Austin makes the final recommendation, President Joe Biden would have to grant a waiver for the Defense Department to administer vaccines prior to full FDA approval. The decision could come as early as Friday.

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