Colorado National Guard won’t disclose whether troops are complying with COVID vaccine mandate

The Denver Post: The defense secretary ordered all National Guard troops to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but the Colorado National Guard, which repeatedly has been called to assist the state’s health care system during the pandemic, will not disclose how many of its troops have complied.

A Nov. 30 memo from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said those who do not follow the order will lose pay and would not be allowed to participate in weekend drills and other assignments. But Austin left it up to the National Guard Bureau chief and secretaries of the Army and Air Force to determine how to discipline those who do not comply.

Elena O’Bryan, a spokeswoman for the Colorado National Guard, would not say whether any of the state’s 3,800 soldiers or 1,700 airmen had been disciplined for refusing to get the vaccine.

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