Release
Immediate Release

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) Revision 3 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation, Screening Testing, and Vaccination Verification

Dec. 20, 2021

Recently, the Department of Defense released Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) Revision 3 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation, Screening Testing, and Vaccination Verification.

The revised memo rescinds and replaces FHP Guidance (Supplement 23) Revision 2, dated October 29, 2021, retains the vaccination attestation, screening testing and vaccination verification guidance included in Revision 1, provides added, detailed information on the DoD civilian employees who refuse to be vaccinated, or to provide proof of vaccination, are subject to disciplinary measures, up to and including removal from Federal service, unless the DoD civilian employee has received an exemption or the DoD civilian employee's request for an exemption is pending a decision.

Per the guidance, employees who have not yet attested to vaccination status; are not vaccinated and did not submit an exemption request, or have not begun vaccination following denial of an exemption request, Components are generally encouraged to continue with robust education and counseling efforts as the first step in an enforcement process, with no subsequent enforcement actions beyond that education and counseling and, if warranted, a letter of reprimand, until the new calendar year begins in January 2022.

The memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) Revision 3 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation, Screening Testing, and Vaccination Verification can be found here.