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A Third of U.S. Servicemembers Refuse to Be Vaccinated: Pentagon

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Approximately a third of U.S. military servicemembers are declining the COVID-19 vaccine, a Pentagon official told a Congressional panel on Wednesday.

The Joint Staff’s vice director for operations, Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, told the House Armed Services Committee that “acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory,” according to initial data. A similar rate of vaccination acceptance holds for National Guardsmen as well, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, the National Guard Bureau’s director of operations, who likened the acceptance rates to those of the civilian population.

Taliaferro stressed that the vaccine is “clearly safe for servicemembers” but acknowledged a need for additional education, “to help them understand the benefits,” given the declinations.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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