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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 12, 2021

No, Gen. David Berger didn’t push back against COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Marines

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  • Gen. Berger didn’t say this. This quote originated on a website that has previously published false claims and features a disclaimer that the site “contains humor, parody and satire.” 
 

The Biden administration announced on Aug. 9 that the Pentagon will require active-duty troops to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

But some people are sharing what looks like a news story reporting that there’s some pushback among military leaders. 

"There will be no mandatory vaccines for my Marines," reads a quote in the story posted on Facebook that’s attributed to Gen. David H. Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

The story refers to Berger "rebuking" Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, calling him "a coward and a traitor, manipulated by people pushing bad policy on the men and women who provide security to our nation. Neither you nor your puppet president has authority to enforce such a policy."

This story originated on a website that has previously published false claims that PolitiFact has fact-checked, and that now features a disclaimer saying "this website contains humor, parody and satire." 

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There is nothing to support the claims in the post. And Berger has endorsed having Marines get vaccinated. 

In December, he posted a photo of himself receiving a vaccine. 

"It was great to see many frontline medical workers getting their shot as well," he tweeted. As the vaccine becomes available, I encourage all Marines and their families to get the shot to slow the spread of the virus." 

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