Nearly 40% of U.S. Marines reject COVID-19 vaccination, according to data served to CNN on Friday, the first branch to disclose both service figures on acceptance and denial.
As of Thursday, about 75,500 Marines were vaccinated, including both fully and partially vaccinated men and women. About 48,000 Marines opted out of the vaccine, with a 38.9% reduction in rate.
CNN has contacted other services for their acceptance and rejection rates.
The consistent acceptance rate for vaccination among Marines ̵1; 61.1% – not far from a second-third of military estimates, or about 66%.
The other 102,000 Marines have not been vaccinated. Total number of Marines, including active duty, Reserve and Marines, Augmentee, personal mobilization.
The rate of decline at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of the dominant Marine Corps bases, was much higher at 57%, according to another set of data provided to CNN of the 26,400 Marines who were vaccinated. 15,100 people opted out of them, a number that includes both the 2nd Marine Expedition Force and the Eastern Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, another 11,500 active Marines are scheduled to receive the vaccine.
“We fully understand that widespread adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine gives us the best way to overcome this outbreak. The key to tackling this outbreak is to build confidence in the vaccine. Marine Corps spokesman Col. Kellyfrouchour told CNN in a statement.
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