40 Percent of U.S. Marines Opting Out of COVID-19 Vaccination

40 Percent of U.S. Marines Opting Out of COVID-19 Vaccination

Story Highlights

  • Among U.S. military forces, the rate of refusal for the experimental COVID-19 vaccines is reportedly at about 33 percent but may be higher.
  • A new report shows that the number of Marines declining COVID-19 vaccinations may be closer to 40 percent.
  • To date, the military cannot mandate COVID-19 vaccinations because the FDA only has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccines to be distributed, although a segment of Congress is urging the president to override informed consent to make it mandatory for military personnel despite the vaccines’ experimental status.

The Pentagon has estimated a 33 percent “opt-out” rate for COVID-19 vaccination for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, but the actual numbers may be much higher according to several reports.1 Within the Marine Corps, the first branch of the U.S. military to provide specific numbers service-wide, close to 40 percent have declined to be vaccinated.2

As of Apr. 8, 2021, about 123,500 active duty, reserve and Individual Mobilization Augmentee Marines have been offered the vaccine. Of those, 75,500 (61.1 percent) have been either fully or partially vaccinated and 48,000 (38.9 percent) have chosen not to accept vaccination. Another 102,000 Marines have not yet been offered a vaccine.

The number of Marines declining vaccination at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is even higher, with 15,100 (57 percent) refusing out of 26,400 Marines offered a COVID-19 vaccination. There are another 11,500 active-duty Marines at Camp Lejeune who have not yet been offered a vaccine.3

Putting those numbers in line with the U.S. population as a whole, a poll out of Monmouth University indicates that approximately 25 percent of Americans overall will choose not to accept the experimental vaccines.4

Vaccine Hesitancy Includes Concerns About Long-Term Safety

Several reasons have been suggested to explain why so many military men and women are refusing vaccination. The most commonly reported reason is the rapidity of vaccine development, and related concerns over potential long-term effects. Speaking for Headquarters Marine Corps, Capt. Andrew Wood said:

There are several reasons someone may have declined the vaccine… For example, an individual may have deferred until later to allow others to get the vaccine, they may have gotten the vaccine on their own and not through military channels, they could be unavailable for a second dose in the prescribed time period for the vaccines that require two doses, they could expect the vaccine to become mandatory and are waiting until then, or they may be allergic to one of the compounds in the vaccine.5

Marine Corps spokesperson Col. Kelly Frushour said, “The key to addressing the pandemic is building vaccine confidence.”6

The vaccines are still considered experimental and have only been approved under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, the Department of Defense (DOD) is not allowed to require military personnel to receive experimental COVID-19 vaccines as they can other types of vaccines that have been officially licensed by the FDA.7

Despite the experimental status of the currently available vaccines, it has been reported that a letter written by seven Democratic members of Congress has been sent to President Biden asking that he issue a “waiver of informed consent” to permit the DoD to mandate that all U.S. military service personnel receive experimental COVID-19 vaccines.8

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9 Responses to "40 Percent of U.S. Marines Opting Out of COVID-19 Vaccination"

  1. Sandra Finley   April 19, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    U.S. Military would be EXPECTED to have higher resistance to enforced vaccination than the general public. A MILLION of them & 1st responders were forced to get the ANTHRAX vaccination with disastrous health effects for thousands and thousands of them. The “Gulf War Syndrome” was more accurately the Anthrax Vaccine Syndrome. The stories of promising young lives destroyed is heart-breaking. I always figured that the reason 4,000 U.S. War Vets turned up at Standing Rock in solidarity with the Indians, by the initiative of the son of a U.S. (General, I think it was – – Wesley Someone Jr) was because the vets were so badly betrayed by their country, the forced vaccination, ruined health, and then abandoned to homeless.

  2. Tom   April 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Good for them. Vaccine hesitancy is a joke. These are not vaccines at all. And you cannot be hesitant when they want to inject you with an experimental that is not proven to do anything and there is no reason to get any injection because the risks are extremely low for 90% of the population.

  3. michael   April 19, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Yep sacrifice the military. Let them choose whether they want it or not. Either way the gov will have to pay if they die or become disabled while in service. I am a veteran and say “I am done being a guinea pig”.

  4. Armesis   April 20, 2021 at 7:55 am


  5. Robert   April 20, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Because they remember the last mass vaccine experiment done to them that resulted in Gulf War Syndrome. Incidentally, the same company that made the toxic anthrax vaccines-Emergent Biosolutions-was contracted to make the J&J shot that accidentally mixed Astrazenica vaccine into the JJ shot. Looks like the democrats are embracing tyranny more so than the GOP by demanding that soldiers have no autonomy over their own bodies. When it comes to abortion it’s all about “my body, my choice” but with vaccines, it’s “everyone must comply, no choice”. Hypocrites.

  6. Aileen   April 20, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    If I did not read a slam on democrats thus putting a political slant on this vaccine concern, the COVID vaccine concern would carry more weight. I am trying to make an informed decision and do not want to read comments about political parties. Please keep comments and information to science and facts. Thank you.

    • MonaB   April 25, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      The political affiliation of the US representatives asking the President to grant a waiver is RELEVANT, sweetheart.

  7. JENNYM   April 22, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I guess some of them read the book, “Vaccine A” by Gary Matusumoto.
    If I knew then what I know now, I’d have never joined the military.
    Nobody is linking this ‘plague’ with 5G proliferation. They’re putting those towers everywhere and people are addicted to their phones, which they carry on them all the time like a security blanket or binky.

  8. Phoenicia Beaulieu   June 8, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Love it!!! They refused the vaccination! Influenzium by boron is 98% effective!!!!!!!! It’s a miracle and so wow SAFE!!!!!


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