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NEWS | Oct. 29, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum connecting the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to jbsapublicaffairs@gmail.com using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q: I have been in the process of pursuing a religious accommodation exemption so that I do not have to receive the vaccine. However, the process has been very slow and with the deadline fast approaching for Airmen to receive the vaccine, my concerns have grown tremendously. Will I be punished if I do not receive the vaccine before the deadline yet my application for exemption is being processed?

Thank you for your time.

A: Thank you for reaching out!

You will not be punished if you are currently in the process of receiving a religious accommodation to forego the COVID-19 vaccine, and can provide necessary documentation attesting to this.

If your accommodation is not accepted, your commander will work with you to receive the vaccination.

Should you then refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, your commander retains the full range of disciplinary options available under law and policy, including administrative paperwork, nonjudicial punishment, or referral to court-martial.

Any Airmen or Guardian refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or is not in the process of seeking an exemption or accommodation when the deadline passes, will be in violation of a lawful order and subject to discipline under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The deadline for active-component Airmen and Guardians is Nov. 2. For Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel, the deadline is Dec. 2.

This is about readiness and ensuring our Airmen and Guardians are healthy and ready to defend the nation!