Thousands of members of the U.S. armed forces say no to the Covid-19 vaccine. They refuse or postpone the vaccine.
Thousands of members of the U.S. military are refusing or postponing the Covid-19 vaccine as frustrated commanders scramble to spin Internet rumors and find the right ground to persuade troops to get vaccinated, notes U.S. News.
The news outlet specifies that it is higher than the percentage in the general population, which a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey put at around 50%, indicating that the large number of U.S. military members who refuse the vaccine is especially troubling because troops often live, work and fight closely in environments where social distance and wearing masks are sometimes difficult.
Resistance within the U.S. military also occurs when troops deploy to administer injections at vaccination centers across the country, and leaders hope U.S. forces will set an example for the nation.
“We’re still struggling to figure out what the message is and how we can influence people to opt for the vaccine,” said Brig. Gen. Edward Bailey, a surgeon with Armed Forces Command. He said that in some units only 30 percent have agreed to get vaccinated, while in others it is between 50 and 70 percent.
Forces Command oversees the Army’s major units, which comprise approximately 750,000 Army, Reserve and National Guard soldiers spread across 15 bases. At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where several thousand soldiers are preparing for future deployments, the vaccine acceptance rate is about 60 percent, Bailey said. This figure “is not as high as we expect for front-line personnel,” he stressed.