Nearly 9,000 Marines Didn't Meet Vaccine Deadline
Nearly 9,000 U.S. marines haven’t been vaccinated — with most not filing for an exemption — despite a Nov. 28 mandatory deadline, meaning they could get booted from service, Military.com reports.
As of Monday, the Marine Corps reported 5% of the force hadn’t had even one COVID-19 shot, meaning around 9,000 Marines are completely unvaccinated.
About 1,300 have temporary exemptions from receiving the vaccine, or pending religious exemption requests. Those who are only partially vaccinated could also be at risk, Military.com reports.
Capt. Andrew Wood, a Marine Corps spokesman, told the news outlet that medical tracking software shows the Marines have about 9,500 service members who aren’t fully vaccinated, a figure that would include those with exemptions and those only partially vaccinated.