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British Army troops who decline Covid-19 vaccine could face discipline official papers suggest

Threat to Army jab refuseniks: Troops who decline Covid vaccine could face discipline, official papers suggest

  • New documents show plans to discipline troops who decline their Covid-19 jab
  • Under the Armed Forces Act, those refusing a vaccine could be ‘unfit to soldier’ 
  • Leading military lawyer warned actions may amount to ‘threats’ or ‘bullying’
  • Comes as Government rules ‘no jab, no job’ policies for private sector are illegal 

The Army will seek to discipline troops who refuse a Covid jab, according to official papers obtained by the Daily Mail.

Orders to the Royal Artillery and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers state: ‘Covid-19 vaccination. Anyone who is refusing to have the CV-19 jab is to be educated by the CoC (Chain of Command) and any rumours quashed.

‘If they still refuse they may be deemed as unfit to soldier and dealt with accordingly as the CV-19 jab may be a requirement to deploy on operations/exercises, much like yellow fever.’

By law the Army cannot force soldiers to get jabs. Yet being ‘unfit to soldier’ is an offence under the Armed Forces Act.

The orders are believed to have been sent this week.

The British Army will seek to discipline troops who refuse a Covid-19 vaccine, according to official documents seen by The Mail. Pictured: 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, June 2013

By law the Army cannot force soldiers to get their Covid-19 jabs (above). Yet being ‘unfit to soldier’ is an offence under the Armed Forces Act

By law the Army cannot force soldiers to get their Covid-19 jabs (above). Yet being ‘unfit to soldier’ is an offence under the Armed Forces Act

Last night a leading military lawyer suggested their tone may amount to ‘threats’ or ‘bullying’.

Lewis Cherry said: ‘Unless this becomes a compulsory injection it remains a medical procedure that requires informed consent.’

Other public sector organisations have been advised to take a softer approach to staff refusing jabs.

Private sector employers have also been warned by the government that ‘no jab, no job’ policies are illegal.

The MOD said: ‘We are committed to keeping our staff, their families and communities safe at home and overseas, and all our personnel are being vaccinated in line with national priority guidelines.

‘The FCDO and Defence are working jointly to ensure UK Government and Armed Forces personnel overseas within the first nine priority groups are offered a vaccine in line with the UK population, including those in Defence Overseas Bases and Operational areas.’

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