It has just emerged that thousands of service members across the country have been saying no to the COVID vaccine.
This is the last thing that we need! Here's the full story...
Now, it's been an entire year since COVID-19 brought the entire world to a standstill since its spread in Wuhan, China...
And although we've come a long way since then, it's certainly been a rollercoaster of a ride.
More than 2 million people across the globe have tragically died as a result of this deadly virus...
But even though each and every one of these deaths has been an utter tragedy, there is light at the end of the tunnel... finally.
Just a few months ago in November 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved...
And, after months of world-wide lockdowns and quarantines, this news was music to everyone's ears.
The vaccine's developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described the milestone as a "great day for science and humanity."
And, in December, the companies announced that they would be supplying the U.S with one-hundred million additional doses.
Spirits are high...
Because at least fifty-six million people have been vaccinated here in the States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And we aren't the only ones receiving the vaccine!
Almost 600,000 more people received the covid vaccine jabs in the UK yesterday.... including my Nan!!! 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/Q0N05JFBgH— Dave Goodings (@DavidGoodings) January 31, 2021
Other countries such as the U.K have been administering the vaccines out to their residents at an incredible pace.
And, to combat the few vaccine skeptics, various celebrities and public figures had their jabs administered on live TV.
Former vice-president, Mike Pence, was the unlikely figure to lead the trend, with him being one of the first to receive the vaccine during a live White House broadcast.
And then our newly elected president, Joe Biden, quickly followed suit.
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/w1m8gEh2iL
After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, he tweeted:
"Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine - and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it's your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus."
For many, the success of the vaccine has signalled an end to the dark days of the pandemic...
But for a scarily huge amount of others, the positive attitude isn't shared.
The internet has been rife with extreme conspiracies about the vaccine and its safety...
Whoever believes that vaccines are biological weapons should not get a COVID vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is fine, we can cure that with education and information. But spreading misinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies--that's unforgivable.— JR Santiago (@oslecjunior) February 18, 2021
Which, of course, has put a lot of people off from being vaccinated.
So many people sadly believe everything they read on the internet...
Instagram has shut down Robert F. Kennedy’s Jr.s account, claiming he was spreading debunked conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the vaccines. @eriellereshef reports. https://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/pq2I5jjq7M— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 11, 2021
Instead of listening to the medical experts who have been guiding us through this pandemic since day 1.
For instance, many have been accusing Bill Gates of gaining financial profit from the vaccine after he donated $100 million towards research...
And some even went far enough to suggest he wanted to "microchip" us through the vaccine.
It's all been very dramatic...
And many agree the theories have ran out of control.
But it seems as if these rumors and conspiracies have been working their dark magic...
As thousands of service members have been refusing the vaccine on this basis.
NBC News has reported that some Army units have been seeing as few as one-third agree to the vaccine...
And military leaders searching for answers believe they have identified one potential convincer: an imminent deployment.
Navy sailors on ships heading out to sea last week, for example, were choosing to take the shot at rates exceeding eighty percent to ninety percent.
Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, vice director of operations for the Joint Staff, told Congress on Wednesday that "very early data" suggests that just up to two-thirds of the service members offered the vaccine have accepted.
That's higher than the rate for the general population, which a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation put at roughly fifty percent.
The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is especially worrisome...
Because troops often live, work, and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks, at times, are difficult.
The military's resistance also comes as troops are deploying to administer shots at vaccination centers around the country and as leaders look to American forces to set an example for the nation.
"We're still struggling with what is the messaging and how do we influence people to opt in for the vaccine," said Brig. Gen. Edward Bailey, the surgeon for Army Forces Command.
At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where several thousand troops are preparing for future deployments, the vaccine acceptance rate is about sixty percent, Bailey said.
That's "not as high as we would hope for front-line personnel," he said.
Bailey has heard all the excuses.
"I think the most amusing one I heard was, 'The Army always tells me what to do, they gave me a choice, so I said no'," he said.
Well, we hope that people will soon come to their senses...
And we also hope that the vaccine will soon bring us some normality.
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