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Air Force service member says the military could still enforce a vaccine mandate, fight not over yet

"We were being told that if we wanted to go active duty, we had to be vaccinated," Lt. Hulet explained.

Published: January 9, 2023 7:08pm

Updated: January 9, 2023 8:54pm

Even though the COVID-19 vaccine mandate was repealed through the National Defense Authorization Act, the NDAA, there isn't anything preventing the government from implementing it again, or others like it in the future, says Air Force Second Lt. Addie Hulet. 

"That NDAA only repealed one memorandum and that one memorandum came from the Secretary of Defense," Lt. Hulet said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "So there are other memorandums which apply to the National Guard and the reserves, and those memorandums are not being repealed and they are still pursuing kicking service members out of the military who are in the National Guard and the reserves."

Lt. Hulet has been in an ongoing legal and financial battle with the government along with 10 other officers who refused to get the vaccine and as a result, were denied the ability to do their job. 

"We were being told that if we wanted to go active duty, we had to be vaccinated," Hulet explained. "However, we were not being afforded the measures to file for a religious accommodation because we did not have a chain of command. So we hadn't reported to our active duty unit yet, and we were no longer attached to our ROTC unit."

"I want to take note that at this time, we were also not being ordered to receive the vaccine," she clarified. "We were being told if we wanted to go active duty, we had to have the vaccine, but we were not being ordered to receive the vaccine. We were not afforded any other options for any sort of exemptions, medical, religious, etc. So our only option was to receive the vaccine."

Hulet said that she wants to see justice for service members who were removed from their jobs for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which was not FDA approved.

"Title 10 Law: section 11 07 Alpha very clearly states that service members cannot be mandated to receive an emergency use vaccination," Hulet said, referencing Title 10. "So the only vaccination that service members can be forced to receive must have FDA approval to date. There is no FDA approved vaccine on the market. It doesn't matter where you go in the United States."

"What I'm looking for is for there to be justice for the service members," she concluded. "And I'm looking for justice for service members who have been unlawfully removed from their position and whose livelihoods have been removed based solely on the fact of them using their right to informed consent."

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