Large numbers of US servicemen do not accept the COVID-19 vaccine

Large numbers of US servicemen do not accept the COVID-19 vaccine


Tens of thousands of US soldiers have refused or delayed the COVID-19 vaccination, which is a headache for US military commanders. Currently, the solution is to try to dispel rumors of death online, promote accurate propaganda information with the desire to persuade soldiers to accept vaccination.

On December 21, 2020, US Navy Sergeant Smith (Russell Smith) received the COVID-19 vaccine (Source: US Navy / Sarah Villegas / CC BY 2.0).

According to the AP news agency on February 17, in some US military units, only one third of the soldiers agreed to be vaccinated with COVID-19, this is a headache for the general officers leading, they are seek to persuade the soldiers to accept the vaccination.

On February 17, the Chief of Staff Air Operations of the General Staff, Major General Jeff Taliaferro reported to Congress that about two-thirds of the soldiers had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Although this rate is higher than the vaccination rate among the American public, the decline in vaccination by a large number of soldiers is still a concern, according to the Associated Press.

In response to the AP news agency, Brigadier General Edward Bailey, a doctor at Army Headquarters, said that he had heard many of the reasons cited.

According to the US military official, there is a large gap in vaccination rejection rates based on maneuver status, age, unit, location … The AP news agency added that this causes military leaders It is difficult to find a convincing argument in the vaccine dissemination effort.

Brigadier General David Doyle, facility commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, told the AP that at his base the rate of vaccine acceptance was between 30%. – 40%, vaccine rejection is more common among young soldiers. Mr. Doyle told the AP: “They told me that their trust in vaccines was not high because vaccines were produced so quickly. “

Recently about 40 Marines gathered in a conference room in California to attend an information meeting for health workers. An officer who was not authorized to share publicly and publicly had to remain anonymous when replying that Marines would be more comfortable raising questions about vaccines in small groups.

The officer said that the Marines invoked a widely circulated “conspiracy theory”: “I heard that this thing (vaccine) is actually a tracking device”. In response, the paramedics immediately pointed to the Marine soldier’s cell phone and said, it was the cell phone that was an effective tracking device.

Other frequent issues they watch for revolve around possible side effects or health problems, including for pregnant women.

However, similar things are shared by Army, Navy and Air Force officials.

The Marines are a relatively small division, the age of the soldier usually younger than the others. Similar to ordinary people, when it comes to vaccinations, young soldiers are more likely to refuse or ask to wait.

Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, commander of the US Navy’s 2nd Fleet, said there may be a possibility of early mandatory vaccination, as has been done with flu vaccines in the past.

Thanh Dung, Vision Times

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