Marines on their way to the worst vaccination result in the US military

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US President Joe Biden watches as he hands over challenge coins to members of the US Marine Corps Honor Guard before boarding Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, USA, August 29, 2021. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps will have the worst vaccination results among military branches, with thousands of active officials missing the November 28 service deadline to be completely inoculated.

About 91% of active personnel are fully vaccinated and 94% partially vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to a statement from the Marine Corps on Sunday.

Service members are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving a single Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) shots or 14 days after their second dose of Pfizer (PFE.N) or Modern (MRNA.O) vaccine – which means that it is too late for many to complete the vaccination process before the deadline.

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The Marine has the highest vaccination rate with 96.7% of fully vaccinated staff in active duty, followed by Air force at 96.4%. An army spokesman said 92% of active soldiers were fully vaccinated. The army’s deadline is 15 December for active duty and 30 June for the National Guard.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth warned on Tuesday that soldiers, including members of the National Guard, who refuse to be vaccinated would not have their service renewed unless they have an approved exemption, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

Her warnings come when Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, defied the federal mandate and said he would not demand that National Guard members in his state get vaccinated.

Other Republicans who oppose vaccine mandates include Senator Ted Cruz who on Saturday responded to Wormuth’s memo by tweeting: “The Biden administrator is persecuting our soldiers. This is not good for America.”

In addition to the military, the Biden administration ordered vaccination for most federal employees, contractors, and health workers. More recently, the White House said it would require private employers with at least 100 workers to require vaccination or weekly testing, a rule being questioned in court. Read more

Almost 60% of Americans are fully vaccinated.

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Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Lisa Shumaker

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