REVEALED: Nearly 40 percent of the Marines are choosing not to get COVID-19 vaccines because they think they were developed too quickly
- New data released by CNN says that 38.9% of the Marines have refused the vaccine
- It is considerably more than the rate of rejection in the general public which is about 25%
- Military officials have said previously that hesitancy is mostly down to concerns over how quickly the vaccines were developed
- As of Thursday, 20 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated
Nearly 40 percent of the Marines are choosing not to get COVID-19 vaccines, according to new data.
CNN reported on Saturday that some 75,000 Marines have had one or two doses of a vaccine, and 48,000 have refused – a rejection rate of 38.9 percent.
It is considerably higher than the rate of rejection among the general public which, according to a recent NPR poll, is around 25 percent.
As of Thursday, nearly 20 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated.
The Marines says there are a number of reasons for them choosing not to get the vaccines but they would not pinpoint one.
Officials previously said that wider spread hesitancy among the armed forces was down to the speed at which the vaccines were developed and a fear over long term side effects.
CNN reported on Saturday that 75,500 Marines have received vaccines but 48,000 (38.9 percent) have chosen not to
‘We fully understand that widespread acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine provides us with the best means to defeat the pandemic. The key to addressing the pandemic is building vaccine confidence.
‘Service members who decline one day can change their mind and become vaccinated when next the opportunity presents itself,’ Marine Corps spokeswoman Col. Kelly Frushour said.
One of the highest rates of rejection was at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where 57 percent have refused the shot.
Because all of the shots have only been given emergency FDA approval, the government can’t force it on them.
Three vaccines have been approved in the US; Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.
The general public has been generally enthusiastic but there is more hesitancy in certain communities.
A recent NPR poll found that one in four Americans would not get a vaccine if they were offered it.
Republican men are among the most hesitant, according to CBS. They think it’s unnecessary.
Others are distrustful of the media and think there are long-term vaccine side effects that are not being reported.
It plays into the wider divide among Americans that has existed since the pandemic began.
Generally, Democratic cities, states, leaders and voters have taken more extreme precautions and have been more fearful of the virus.
Republican leaders have not applied restrictions that have been as harsh.