Mandatory vaccination through a military provider will initially only include the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 ® vaccine (widely referred to as “Comirnaty®” upon receipt of FDA approval), which is today the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Airmen and Guardians may also receive the COVID-19 vaccines approved under FDA emergency use authorization, including Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca, from both military and civilian providers.
Airmen and Guardians who have proof of vaccination documented in their medical records, the Air Force said.
More recently, President Biden last week promulgated an order directing all federal agencies to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law.
A union representing federal government employees has voiced support for vaccine mandates, but has also said that changes in working conditions should be negotiated.
Everett Kelley, AFGE national president, said in a statement last week that since Biden made his first major announcement about changing COVID-19 protocols for the federal workforce in response to the delta variant, “We have said that changes like this should be negotiated with our bargaining units where appropriate. Put simply, workers deserve a voice in their working conditions.”
A message seeking comment was left with a representative of AFGE Council 214 at Wright-Patterson.