The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) arrives at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Winston S. Churchill changed homeports from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport where it will be dry docked on July 19, 2021. U.S. Navy Photo
The Navy has relieved the executive officer of one of its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for “failing to abide by lawful order,” a Navy spokesman confirmed to USNI News. Read More
Navy Installations Command Force Master Chief Greg A. Vidaurri receives his second COVID-19 vaccine at Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard, on Feb. 16, 2021. US Navy Photo
The Navy has so far approved five exemptions for the required COVID-19 vaccination — all medical, a Navy official told USNI News. Read More
Marine Sgt Maj. James Robertson, the sergeant major of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point receives the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Dec. 23, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo
This post has been updated to include comments from Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.
All active-duty Marines will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to new guidance from the Marine Corps. Read More
The following is the Aug. 24, 2021, Defense Department memorandum directing mandatory vaccinations of U.S. service members against COVID-19. Read More
The following is the Aug. 9, 2021 memo to the Department of Defense employees on the timeline to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for all military and DoD employees. Read More
Hospitalman William Lansing, from Las Vegas, administers a vaccine aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), on May 14, 2021. US Navy Photo
Immunized sailors will no longer face a 14-day quarantine before deploying to ensure they embark ships or fly in aircraft COVID-19 free, the Navy’s latest pandemic guidance released Monday said. Read More
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emily Pierce, left, from Bremerton, Washington, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Information Systems Technician 1st Class Correy Bushman, from Rochester, Minnesota, assigned to the John C. Stennis, during a Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic led vaccination effort in conjunction with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. US Navy Photo
This story has been updated to clarify that 35% of active-duty sailors have been fully vaccinated.
Approximately 35 percent of the Navy’s active-duty sailors are fully immunized against COVID-19, according to a service official.