Syslog entries not showing up in journald

Hello Everyone.

I am seeing some strange behavior which I am unable to explain and would like to seek help from the community. I currently have an installation of MongoDB (version 5) running in a vm which runs Rocky 8.8. See hostnamectl info below

         Icon name: computer-vm
           Chassis: vm
        Machine ID: c2d2f5b8ab29c34a8eabd490659da1c4
           Boot ID: bae516ffaa5541daac4852f8b2ed1162
    Virtualization: kvm
  Operating System: Rocky Linux 8.8 (Green Obsidian)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:rocky:rocky:8:GA
            Kernel: Linux 4.18.0-477.10.1.el8_8.x86_64
      Architecture: x86-64

I have mongod configured to send logs to syslogfacility local0 and have the following rsyslog configuration which captures that information and sends it to /var/log/mongodb.log

# rsyslog configuration file
# For more information see /usr/share/doc/rsyslog-*/rsyslog_conf.html
# If you experience problems, see http://www.rsyslog.com/doc/troubleshoot.html

#### MODULES ####

# The imjournal module bellow is now used as a message source instead of imuxsock.
$ModLoad imuxsock # provides support for local system logging (e.g. via logger command)
$ModLoad imjournal # provides access to the systemd journal
#$ModLoad imklog # reads kernel messages (the same are read from journald)
#$ModLoad immark  # provides --MARK-- message capability

# Provides UDP syslog reception
#$ModLoad imudp
#$UDPServerRun 514

# Provides TCP syslog reception
#$ModLoad imtcp
#$InputTCPServerRun 514


#### GLOBAL DIRECTIVES ####

# Where to place auxiliary files
$WorkDirectory /var/lib/rsyslog

# Use default timestamp format
$ActionFileDefaultTemplate RSYSLOG_TraditionalFileFormat

# File syncing capability is disabled by default. This feature is usually not required,
# not useful and an extreme performance hit
#$ActionFileEnableSync on

# Include all config files in /etc/rsyslog.d/
$IncludeConfig /etc/rsyslog.d/*.conf

# Turn off message reception via local log socket;
# local messages are retrieved through imjournal now.
$OmitLocalLogging off

# File to store the position in the journal
$IMJournalStateFile imjournal.state


#### RULES ####

# Log all kernel messages to the console.
# Logging much else clutters up the screen.
#kern.*                                                 /dev/console

# Log anything (except mail) of level info or higher.
# Don't log private authentication messages!
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none;local0.none    /var/log/messages

# The authpriv file has restricted access.
authpriv.*                                              /var/log/secure

# Log all the mail messages in one place.
mail.*                                                  -/var/log/maillog


# Log cron stuff
cron.*                                                  /var/log/cron

# Everybody gets emergency messages
*.emerg                                                 :omusrmsg:*

# Save news errors of level crit and higher in a special file.
uucp,news.crit                                          /var/log/spooler

# Save boot messages also to boot.log
local7.*                                                /var/log/boot.log

# Save local0(mongod) messages to /var/log/mongod.log
local0.*                                                /var/log/mongod.log


# ### begin forwarding rule ###
# The statement between the begin ... end define a SINGLE forwarding
# rule. They belong together, do NOT split them. If you create multiple
# forwarding rules, duplicate the whole block!
# Remote Logging (we use TCP for reliable delivery)
#
# An on-disk queue is created for this action. If the remote host is
# down, messages are spooled to disk and sent when it is up again.
#$ActionQueueFileName fwdRule1 # unique name prefix for spool files
#$ActionQueueMaxDiskSpace 1g   # 1gb space limit (use as much as possible)
#$ActionQueueSaveOnShutdown on # save messages to disk on shutdown
#$ActionQueueType LinkedList   # run asynchronously
#$ActionResumeRetryCount -1    # infinite retries if host is down
# remote host is: name/ip:port, e.g. 192.168.0.1:514, port optional
#*.* @@remote-host:514
# ### end of the forwarding rule ###

For some reason with this configuration, the logs don’t seem to be sent to journald (a journalctl -f doesn’t show any logs from mongod) but it is correctly routed to /var/log/mongod.lig
However the exact same configuration seems to send the logs to both /var/log/mongd.log and journald in other similar distros such as Centos 7(i confirmed this by doing a journalctl -f and was able to see journald logs).

Is there anything specific around Rocky that I am missing that causes this behavior. Also find the version for rsyslog and journald that the rocky distro is running.

rsyslogd -version
rsyslogd  8.2102.0-13.el8 (aka 2021.02) compiled with:
	PLATFORM:				x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu
	PLATFORM (lsb_release -d):
	FEATURE_REGEXP:				Yes
	GSSAPI Kerberos 5 support:		Yes
	FEATURE_DEBUG (debug build, slow code):	No
	32bit Atomic operations supported:	Yes
	64bit Atomic operations supported:	Yes
	memory allocator:			system default
	Runtime Instrumentation (slow code):	No
	uuid support:				Yes
	systemd support:			Yes
	Config file:				/etc/rsyslog.conf
	PID file:				/var/run/rsyslogd.pid
	Number of Bits in RainerScript integers: 64
journalctl --version
systemd 239 (239-74.el8_8)
+PAM +AUDIT +SELINUX +IMA -APPARMOR +SMACK +SYSVINIT +UTMP +LIBCRYPTSETUP +GCRYPT +GNUTLS +ACL +XZ +LZ4 +SECCOMP +BLKID +ELFUTILS +KMOD +IDN2 -IDN +PCRE2 default-hierarchy=legacy

Is there anything that’s different that’s stopping systemd-journald from reading from syslog? Happy to provide an additional details that might help. Thanks a lot in advance.