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As of Thursday, about 75,500 marines have been vaccinated, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated men and women.
About 48,000 soldiers chose not to receive vaccines, with a deviation of 38.9%.
The corresponding acceptance rate for vaccinations in the Marines – 61.1% – is not far from the military estimate of two thirds, or about 66%.
About 102,000 people have not yet been vaccinated.
The deviation rate at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, one of the Marine Corps’ leading bases, was much higher, at 57%, according to another set of data provided to CNN. Of the 26,400 Marines who have been called for vaccination, 15,100 chose not to be vaccinated, a number that includes both the II Marine Expeditionary Force and the Marine Corps Installation East – Camp Lejeune.
The military cannot make vaccines mandatory now because they only have emergency licenses from the Food and Drug Administration, which means that the military personnel who are required to receive a range of other vaccinations have the option not to receive the vaccine for the Covid-19.
Last month, a group of Democratic lawmakers called on President Joe Biden to issue an “informed consent consensus” to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for all members of the U.S. military, in a letter that was suggesting “Vaccine misinformation and skepticism” influencing military personnel, to be excluded from vaccination.
The “waiver of consent after notification” completely removes the consent requirement after notification.