In many cases, military commanders said, the young soldiers say they had coronaviruses or known others who had it, and concluded that it was not bad.
By the thousands, US service members are refusing or disappointed by the COVID-19 vaccine as frustrated commanders to circumvent Internet rumors and find the right pitch that will persuade soldiers to take shots.
Some units of the military agree to one-third of the vaccine. Military leaders looking for answers believe they have identified a potential confidant: an imminent deployment. For example, naval sailors on ships going to sea last week preferred to take shots at rates ranging from 80% to over 90%.
Air Force Major General Jeff Taliaferro, deputy director of operations for the Joint Staff, told Congress on Wednesday that “very early data” shows that only two-thirds of the members of the service have accepted the vaccine.
This is higher than the rate for the general population, which is about 50% in a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the significant number of vaccine-declining forces is particularly worrying because the military often lives in environments where they live, work and fight together, where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.
Army resistance is also the same as soldiers. Deployment to control shots At the vaccination centers across the country, and leaders look to the US military to set an example for the nation.
“We are still struggling with what messaging is and how we influence people to opt for a vaccine,” Brig said. Surgeon General Edward Bailey, command of the Army Forces. He Said that some units have agreed to take just 30% of the vaccine, while others are between 50% and 70%. The command of the army is overseen by major military units, comprising approximately 750,000 Army, Reserve and National Guard soldiers at 15,000 targets.
Bailey said that in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where several thousand soldiers are preparing for future deployments, the vaccine approval rate is about 60%. “Unless we expect front-line personnel,” he said, it won’t be as high.
Bailey listened to all excuses.
He said, “I think what I heard was the most amusing, ‘Army always tells me what to do, they gave me a choice, so I said’ no”.
Service leaders campaign vigorously For the vaccine. They distributed town halls, written messages to the force, scientific data, posted s and even put up photographs of the vaccinations of the leaders.
For weeks, the Pentagon insisted that it did not know how many soldiers were reducing the vaccine. On Wednesday, he gave some information about his initial figures.
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However, officers from individual military services said in interviews with the Associated Press that denial rates vary widely, depending on a service member’s age, unit, location, deployment status, and other intolerances.
Variety leaders find it difficult to identify which arguments are most persuasive for vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration has allowed emergency use of the vaccine, so it is voluntary. But Defense Department officials say they hope a change could happen soon.
“We can’t make it mandatory yet,” Vice Adm. Andrew Andrews, commander of the second fleet of the Navy, said last week. “I can tell you that we are probably going to make it mandatory as soon as we do with the flu vaccine.”
About 40 Marines recently gathered in the conference room in California for an information session with the medical staff. One officer, who was not authorized to discuss in public for private talks and on condition of anonymity, said the marines presented more comfortable questions about the vaccine in small groups.
The officer said that a Marine cited a widely circulated and inaccurate conspiracy theory, saying: “I heard that this thing is actually a permanent device.” The medical staff, the officer said, quickly rejected that theory, and pointed to the Marine’s cellphone, noting that it was an effective tracker.
Other frequent questions revolve around potential side effects or health concerns for pregnant women. Army, Navy and Air Force officials say they listen a lot.
The Marine Corps is a relatively small service and the army is usually small. Similar to the general population, youth service members are likely to decline or ask to wait. In many cases, military commanders said, the young soldiers say they had coronaviruses or known others who had it, and concluded that it was not bad.
“What they are not seeing is that 20-year-old children who have actually become very ill, hospitalized or died, or people who appear to be fine, but then it turns out that they have pulmonary and Have developed cardiac abnormalities, ”Bailey said.
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Lewis, based in Norfolk, Virginia, said last week that the USS Dwight D. operating in the Atlantic. The sailors of Eisenhower agreed to acquire shots at a rate of about 80%. The sailors, who are also stationed at the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit on the USS Iwo Jima and Marine, also had a rate of over 90%.
Bailey said the military is seeing opportunities to reduce the two-week quarantine period for units deployed in Europe if service members are vaccinated extensively and the host country agrees. He added that if 70% of the unit gets vaccinated, and this incentive could work, the US Army Europe could cut the quarantine time by five days.
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Military officials said acceptance numbers have come down among those who are not deployed.
Army Chief General James McCoville, using his own experience, encouraged soldiers to vaccinate. “When they asked me how it felt, I said that it was much less painful than some of the meetings at the Pentagon.”
Colonel Jodi Dugai, commander of the Bene-Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk, Louisiana, said that negotiations with eight to 10 comrades at the squad level so far have been successful, and it helps to get more information.
At the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Brig. General David Doyle has a dual challenge. As a base commander, they must persuade the approximately 7,500 soldiers present at the base to get a shot and they need to ensure that thousands of cycling soldiers are safe for training exercises.
Doyle said the acceptance rate on his basis is between 30% and 40%, and most often it is a decline of young soldiers.
“They tell me they don’t have high confidence in the vaccine because they believe it was done too quickly,” he said. Top health officials have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
Doyle said it appears that peers are often more influential than leaders in persuading army soldiers – a sentiment sung by Bailey, an Army Forces Command surgeon.
“We’re trying to figure out who is going to influence,” Bailey said. “Is this a squad leader or platoon sergeant in the army? I think it probably is. Someone who is over their age and interacts more regularly with them vs. the general officer who takes their picture and says , “I’ve got shot. ”