The US Marines have discharged a service member for failing to adhere to COVID-19 vaccination and mask-wearing policies. Marine Cpl. Whitney McHaffie had previously accepted the other mandatory vaccinations and health requirements, but now has a long list of objections.
McHaffie said that she objects to any mandates on health care. Yet troops must abide by a large roster of Defense Department health standards when they join the armed services, given mandates for other vaccines. Aside from COVID-19 shots, troops are mandated to receive more than a dozen vaccines against diseases such as smallpox and influenza.
McHaffie did not have an explanation as to why she accepted the other mandatory vaccines as part of her service, but rejected the COVID-19 vaccine, when asked by Military.com.