Thousands of Service Members Reject COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Thousands of US service members are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine as commanders try hard to persuade troops to get the shot
  • Some army units see as few as one-third of service men agreed to the vaccine
  • Military leaders say there might be an answer to the dillemma: an imminent deployment. Navy sailors on ships heading out to sea last week, for instance, took the shot at rates exceeding 80 percent to 90 percent
  • The military's resistance to the vaccine also comes as troops are being deployed to vaccination centers around the country
  • At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where several thousand troops are preparing for future deployments, the vaccine acceptance rate is about 60 percent
  • The Defence Department say they hope this low vaccine acceptance in the military changes soon