Did US Marine Corp general David Berger reject the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all Armed Forces personnel?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Marine Corp Rejected Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination!
People are sharing a Real Raw News article on social media, claiming that the US Marine Corp just rejected mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of all Armed Forces personnel.
They are usually accompanied by messages like this :
The US Marines rejected US Government’s Mandatory Vaccination for them – Want to pick a fight on that?
General Berger: “Under no circumstances will Marines be compelled to take a potentially hazardous vaccination that the FDA won’t even fully endorse.”
Gen. Berger told Austin. “You are a coward and a traitor, manipulated by people pushing bad policy on the men and women who provide security to our nation. Neither you nor your puppet president has authority to enforce such a policy.”
US Marines who know how to fight to win a battle also know what a true defense for safety is. They don’t appreciate being given something that is hardly proven safe to use.
Shocking? Let’s find out if it’s true…
Truth : US Marine Corp Did Not Reject Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination
The truth is this is yet another piece of fake news by Real Raw News – a known fake news website, and here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website
Real Raw News is a known fake news website, that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.
The entire article – including the transcript of the call between General Berger and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin – is FAKE.
To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter, claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.
This disclaimer lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him money.
His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website.
Fact #2 : General Berger Supports COVID-19 Vaccination
General David H. Berger actually supports COVID-19 vaccination. When he got his shot on 23 December 2020, he encouraged “all Marines and their families to get the shot“.
I received my #COVID19 vaccination today. It was great to see many frontline medical workers getting their shot as well. As the vaccine becomes available, I encourage all Marines and their families to get the shot to slow the spread of the virus. pic.twitter.com/nno2FxXDth
— David H. Berger (@CMC_MarineCorps) December 22, 2020
Fact #3 : US Marine Corp Ready For COVID-19 Mandated Vaccination
On 4 August 2021, US Marine Corp spokesperson, Captain Andrew R. Wood, said :
The Marine Corps is prepared for the COVID-19 vaccine to be mandated, pending any FDA and DoD level policy change.
Fact #4 : US Armed Forces Have Long Had Mandatory Vaccinations
US Armed Forces personnel have long been subjected to mandatory vaccinations, to ensure they are protected against biological weapons, and preventable diseases in their deployment areas.
- Hepatits A
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Seasonal)
- Yellow Fever
The COVID-19 vaccination would merely be an addition to a list of mandatory vaccinations in the US military.
Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective
COVID-19 vaccines have undergone massive trials involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers, proving that they are both SAFE and EFFECTIVE.
That’s why they were all given their Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA), and would shortly receive their full approval.
Here are the requirements for COVID-19 vaccines under EUA to receive a Full FDA approval :
- participants from the original studies are followed for at least six months,
- manufacturers will provide more detailed manufacturing plans and processes
- manufacturers will be subjected to higher level of oversight and inspections
So the lack of a Full FDA approval does not mean that the vaccines are unsafe or not effective. The full approval just requires more time to complete – something we cannot afford to do during an emergency.
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