One-third of the U.S. military still unvaccinated: 468,000 active-duty members only have one month to get vaccinated before term or face the ax
- About 468,000 – or 32% – of the 1.46 million military personnel were not fully immunized on Wednesday
- The latest figures were released ahead of the November 28 vaccine deadline for active-duty navies and marines
- Among the active-duty force, 97 percent of soldiers have received at least one shot and 87 percent are fully immunized
- There have been 383,560 coronavirus cases and 578 deaths in the military community since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
Only 68% of the U.S. military are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with less than five weeks before the mandate deadline expires.
About 468,000 – or 32% – of the 1.46 million military personnel were not fully immunized Wednesday before the Nov. 28 target date for active-duty navies and marines.
About 82% of the total force has received at least one blow, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, meaning that around 263,200 members have yet to receive a single dose of a vaccine approved by the FDA.
The numbers are more promising among the active force, where 97% have received at least one injection and 87% are fully vaccinated.
Active army troops must be fully immunized by Dec.15, while Reserve and National Guard employees have until June 30, 2022 to receive the jab, the US military said.
About 468,000 – or 32% – of the 1.46 million military personnel were not fully immunized Wednesday before the November 28 deadline.
There have been 383,560 coronavirus cases and 578 deaths in the military community since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
Kirby told reporters on Wednesday that there had been little resistance to the vaccine.
“People understand that this is an important program,” he said. “And they participate in it.
There have been 383,560 cases of coronavirus and 578 deaths in the military community since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Defense.
Prior to the tenure, vaccines were optional, but Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said in August they would become necessary to protect the force.
“It is literally a matter of life and death for our soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live,” he said in a press release.
Those who refused a COVID injection would be punished, although it is not immediately clear what the repercussions could be.
About 82% of the total military force has received at least one vaccine, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday.
Soldiers who refuse the vaccine without an exemption could be fired, Military.com reported.
The Washington Post reported that defense officials were reluctant to predict how many soldiers would challenge the warrant, although Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas tweeted last month that he expects it to be a lot.
“Question for SECDEF: Do you really fill up to allow a huge exodus of experienced military personnel just because they won’t take the vaccine,” he wrote.
“Honestly, Americans deserve to know how you plan to deal with this blow to force preparation – it’s already causing serious problems.”
Some Air Force officers have already joined other officials in lawsuits to end the demands, according to the Post.
More than 66 percent of all Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 57.2 percent of the total United States population are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.