As of Thursday, approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women. About 48,000 Marines have chosen not to receive vaccines, for a declination rate of 38.9%.
The declination rate at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, one of the prominent Marine Corps bases, was far higher, at 57%, according to another set of data provided to CNN. Of 26,400 Marines who have been offered vaccinations, 15,100 have chosen not to receive them, a number that includes both II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installation East -- Camp Lejeune.
Not surprising. They're Marines -- young, healthy, strong.
It's not stupid or reckless to be concerned about potential long-term effects of the fastest vaccine ever produced, especially if you're young.
The younger you are, the more you have to worry about long-term effects. If you're 70, you're at much higher risk from the virus, and your long-term is, well, not very long-term.
Officials say most of the vaccine hesitancy stems from concerns about the speed at which the vaccines were developed and fears over long-term effects.
Welp, there you have it. 🤷♂️