Significant Numbers of U.S. Military Members Refusing Covid-19 Vaccination

by Gabrielle Temaat

Thousands of U.S. military members are refusing or delaying the COVID-19 vaccine as commanders try to persuade them to take it, The Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday.

As few as one-third of military members are agreeing to take the vaccine in some army units, and military leaders are reportedly looking for a way to convince soldiers to comply. Members facing imminent deployment, however, are taking the shot at rates above 80% to 90%, AP reported.

Vice Director of Operations for the Joint Staff Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro reported Wednesday to Congress that about two-thirds of the service members who have been offered the vaccine have taken it.

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