The Washington Post reports:
The number of active-duty U.S. military personnel declining to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by their prescribed deadlines is as high as 40,000, with new Army data showing that, days ahead of its cutoff, 3 percent of soldiers either have rejected President Biden’s mandate or sought a long-shot exemption.
Military leaders have few options to address the dissent other than to hope that, as waiver requests are denied, more troops will choose to fall in line. The alternative, the Pentagon has said, is to purge the ranks of those failing to meet requirements, though some of those roughly 40,000 service members opting out had already planned to leave the military.
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40,000 refuseniks out of 1.3 million service members is 3.1%, meaning almost 97% of the military is vaccinated. But since journalism apparently requires that all stories be framed negatively, especially about the Biden administration, we get this:https://t.co/PcrQ4MxSEF
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) December 13, 2021