Bradley K. Sherman
2021-02-18 13:00:49 UTC
vaccinated for COVID-19, a Pentagon official said in a report
Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, the Joint Staffs vice
director for operations, told a congressional panel that
acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory,
according to the Daily Beast.
While the vaccine is clearly safe for service members,
soldiers need education to help them understand the benefits
of the shots, he told the House Armed Services Committee.
In total, the Defense Department has fully vaccinated 147,000
service members and 359,000 have received a first dose, Pentagon
official Robert Salesses told the outlet.
Those who have declined can still be deployed, Taliaferro said.
Weve already demonstrated over the last year that were fully
capable of operating in a COVID environment, he said, according
to Inside Defense.
Officials said they expect all Department of Defense personnel
which also includes civilians and contractors will be
vaccinated by late July or early August, the site reported.
At least 235,258 people in the department have been infected
with COVID-19 in the past year, according to a Military.com
tally, with many of the worst outbreaks happening aboard Navy
ships including the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where hundreds of
sailors got the bug last year.
The military acceptance rate of the vaccine is on par with the
general population of the US, according to a journal of Social
Science & Medicine study, which found that 31 percent of the
general population dont plan on getting vaccinated.
An earlier study found that up to 51 percent of Americans would
refuse the shots.
A rep for the Pentagon didnt immediately respond to a request
for comment Wednesday.
Fuck Biden and his Chinese masters.