One-third of US military refusing corona vaccine: Pentagon

Washington DC: Despite the significant coronavirus infection levels in the Pentagon forces, one-third of the US military are declining to receive the vaccine against the virus. 

Major General Jeff Taliaferro revealed the high refusal rate. He said, "Acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory." He also stresses that the number is based on "very early data." Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said that there was no detailed military-wide data on vaccinations, but said more than 916,500 had been administered so far. He further said, "We in the military basically mirror the acceptance rates of American society," Kirby said that by the end of this week, more than one million members of the military will have received vaccine shots.

The Pentagon makes most standard vaccinations mandatory for military personnel. But because the corona vaccines have only been approved on an emergency basis, they cannot be forced on people.  He said, "There is a real limit, legally, that we have, to make it mandatory for our troops and their families."

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