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Governor Abbott Refuses National Guard DoD Vaccination Mandate – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said he would not impose a federal mandate on vaccines on members of the Texas National Guard, despite warnings from the Department of Defense about the consequences for protection members remain unvaccinated without exemption.

Abbott’s office said the governor sent a letter to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday “reaffirming that the State of Texas will not impose the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine powers”. to members of the Texas National Guard.”

However, that does not mean that members of the Texas National Guard will not face consequences if left unvaccinated.

In November, Secretary Austin laid out the consequences for service members who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19. An NBC News report said Austin’s memo points out they will face loss of pay and being marked as unexcused absences from drills and training.

Even more serious, the Air Force fired 27 pilots earlier this week after they refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine. NBC News reported.

Abbott’s office said in early October, the governor ordered Texas Aide-General Tracy Norris not to punish any sentry in Texas for choosing not to receive the vaccine, citing the order. His GA-39 prohibits the imposition of a COVID-19 vaccine by any person. government organization in Texas.

“As governor of Texas, I am the commander-in-chief of this state’s militia,” read the letter. “In that capacity, on October 4, 2021, I have ordered the adjutant general of Texas to comply with my Executive Order GA-39. If unvaccinated guards are to be subject to any consequences Any adverse outcome in the state of Texas, they will only have President Biden and him. Responsibility of government The state of Texas will not enforce this latest COVID-19 vaccine regulation on its guards. If the federal government continues to threaten to destroy the Texas National Guard, I will deploy every legal tool available to me as governor to protect America’s Heroes.”

Abbott, in his letter, referred to a number of federal court cases in which vaccine mandates were challenged in court and suspended. However, the duty to vaccinate military members has not been banned for now, and the governor’s order does not replace federal duty, meaning members of the Texas National Guard. who are still unvaccinated and are not exempted may still be subject to disciplinary action by the Department of Defense.

Republican governors ask the Pentagon to reconsider its protection mission

On Wednesday, a letter from the Republican governors of Wyoming, Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska acknowledged the Pentagon could set a “standard of readiness” for the National Guard when activated. for federal duty, but they require that members be vaccinated against the decommissioned COVID-19.

“The directives state whether or not Title 32 training (state mandate) is possible, set forth punitive requirements for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and require separate from each state’s National Guard if being unvaccinated is beyond your constitutional and statutory authority,” says letter dated Dec. NBC News reported.

The Pfizer vaccine has received full FDA approval. In their letter on Wednesday, the governors did not list any concerns about any other fully approved vaccines required by the Department of Defense.

On November 2, Republican Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma wrote a letter asking Austin to cancel his assignment to members of the Oklahoma National Guard. Days later, Stitt appointed a new assistant general to the Oklahoma National Guard, who said he would not be on duty.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/gov-abbott-refuses-dod-vaccine-mandate-for-national-guard-says-disciplined-members-can-blame-biden/2840194/ Governor Abbott Refuses National Guard DoD Vaccination Mandate – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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