Military members stationed in South Carolina will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as November and could face serious consequences from their commanders or may even be court-martialed if they don't comply.
As of this month, more than 1.1 million service members nationwide, or about 70 percent of all active-duty military, are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to Pentagon data.
But unvaccinated soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at Fort Jackson, Parris Island, Shaw Air Force Base, Joint Base Charleston and the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort now face deadlines for receiving the shot.
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In South Carolina, the mandate affects the more than 60,000 Department of Defense active-duty and civilian contractors as well, who work or are connected to the state's military bases.
The Air Force is giving active-duty troops until Nov. 2 to get inoculated against COVID-19. Air Force reservists and National Guard members have until Dec. 2 to receive their vaccinations, per a memo from the branch.
This includes personnel with Space Force, which is a part of the Air Force.