Practically 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, in keeping with knowledge supplied to CNN on Friday by the service, the primary department to reveal service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination.
As of Thursday, roughly 75,500 Marines have acquired vaccines, together with totally vaccinated and partially vaccinated service women and men. About 48,000 Marines have chosen to not obtain vaccines, for a declination charge of 38.9%.
CNN has reached out to the opposite providers for acceptance and declination charges.
The corresponding acceptance charge for vaccinations amongst Marines — 61.1% — just isn’t far off the army estimate of two-thirds, or about 66%.
One other 102,000 Marines haven’t but been supplied the vaccines. The full variety of Marines contains active-duty, reserves and Particular person Mobilization Augmentee Marines.
The declination charge at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of many distinguished Marine Corps bases, was far greater, at 57%, in keeping with one other set of information supplied to CNN. Of 26,400 Marines who’ve been supplied vaccinations, 15,100 have chosen to not obtain them, a quantity that features each II Marine Expeditionary Pressure and Marine Corps Set up East — Camp Lejeune. One other 11,500 active-duty Marines are scheduled to be supplied the vaccines.
“We totally perceive that widespread acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine gives us with one of the best means to defeat the pandemic. The important thing to addressing the pandemic is constructing vaccine confidence,” Marine Corps spokeswoman Col. Kelly Frushour advised CNN in an announcement.