40% of Marines refused coronavirus vaccine
Forty percent of Marines refuse coronavirus vaccine, data shows obtained by CNN.
There has been a decline rate of 38.9%, but the Marines are providing information to individuals to encourage them to get vaccinated.
« The Navy and Marine Corps provide substantial educational information at large and work with commands to ensure that Marines, Sailors and beneficiaries have accurate information regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to encourage individuals to be vaccinated, Captain Andrew Wood, a spokesperson for the Marines, told The Hill in a statement.
The data showed that 75,500 Marines received the vaccine and 48,000 refused it. Overall, the acceptance rate is 61.1%.
Figures for the data include reserves, active-duty Marines and increased individual mobilization, according to CNN.
Wood said the Marines primarily consist of “young and healthy individuals” and that there are multiple reasons they might refuse the vaccine.
“For example, a person may have deferred until later to allow others to be vaccinated, they may have obtained the vaccine on their own and not through military channels, they may not be available for a second dose. within the prescribed timeframe for vaccines. that require two doses, they might expect the vaccine to become mandatory and wait until then, or they may be allergic to one of the vaccine’s compounds, ”Wood said.
The military had previously estimated that 66% would accept the coronavirus vaccine, according to CNN. Wood said anyone who initially refused the vaccine could change their mind and receive it.
« We continue to make the vaccine available to Marines, Sailors, civilians, contractors and authorized beneficiaries based on the prioritization schedule outlined in the [Department of Defense] pattern of the population, ”Wood said.
Because vaccines only have emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, the military cannot demand that the military be vaccinated.
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has seen a 57% decline rate for the vaccine, data shows.
« We fully understand that the widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine provides us with the best means to beat this pandemic, ”said Wood.