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Pentagon Says It Can Overrule Oklahoma Guard on Vaccinations

The Pentagon weighed in Monday on Oklahoma's decision to defy a mandate that National Guard troops get COVID-19 vaccinations, saying Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has the final authority despite the state's announcement.

The new Oklahoma National Guard adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, issued a memo last week notifying troops they would not be required to take the COVID vaccine after he was appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican who earlier requested Austin to give his state a reprieve from the vaccine mandate.

Austin's vaccine mandate constitutes a lawful military order, and the secretary can enforce it even when Guard members are under the authority of the Oklahoma governor, or what's called Title 32 status, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday.

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