New data released Friday shows almost 40% of U.S. Marines are taking a pass on coronavirus vaccines.
As of Thursday, approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women. About 48,000 Marines have chosen not to receive vaccines, for a declination rate of 38.9%.
The military cannot make the vaccines mandatory now because they have only emergency use authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration, meaning service members who are required to receive a series of other vaccinations have the option of declining shots to protect against Covid-19.
Officials say most of the vaccine hesitancy stems from concerns about the speed at which the vaccines were developed and fears over long-term effects.
According to the Pentagon, there are some 2.2 million service members operating around the globe.
Some folks feel the hesitancy may come from military service members tending to lean right politically and conservatives have been vocal about not wanting to take the shot – even though their savior Donald Trump will tell you he created it with his own two hands.
Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN by the service, the first branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination https://t.co/r1EEWMY0vQ
— CNN (@CNN) April 10, 2021
Hard to imagine this doesn’t have something to do with one political party downplaying the virus https://t.co/HQahkvMvlE
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) April 10, 2021
About 40% of Marines have declined to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
This is due to Fox Propaganda being played on every base spewing GQP lies.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 10, 2021