Soldiers in the U.S. Army may be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as September 1.
According to the Army Times, the Department of Army Headquarters sent an order notifying members that a deadline would soon be set, pending licensure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The decision comes as some prominent Republicans have voiced opposition to mandatory vaccines for members of the military.
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Leaked documents show that the Army plans to make vaccines compulsory for all soldiers as early as September 1
'Commanders will continue COVID-19 vaccination operations and prepare for a directive to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for service members [on or around] 01 September 2021, pending full FDA licensure,' the order from Army leadership said, as obtained by the Army Times.
'Commands will be prepared to provide a backbrief on servicemember vaccination status and way ahead for completion once the vaccine is mandated.'
An army spokesperson declined to comment on the requirement to DailyMail.com.
'As a matter of policy we do not comment on leaked documents. The vaccine continues to be voluntary. If we are directed by DoD to change our posture, we are prepared to do so,' said Major Jackie Wren in an email.
Around 68 percent of all active duty troops have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and around 70 percent of soldiers in the Army.
The Navy is the most vaccinated branch of the military, with 77 percent of sailors having received at least one shot.
Discussion over compulsory vaccination in the military has sparked backlash from some prominent Republicans.
Massie tweeted that his opposition to the requirements