Pentagon Push Has More US Servicemembers Getting Vaccinated

Pentagon Push Has More US Servicemembers Getting Vaccinated

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Fox News has exclusively obtained new data from an online survey of military families showing there has been some improvement since December among those concerned with getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That first survey conducted six months ago showed half were reluctant.

Now 71% of troops surveyed say they have gotten the vaccine or plan to do so. Only 39% of active-duty spouses say they plan to get vaccinated – which could be a problem as hundreds of thousands of troops and their families plan to move to new bases this summer.

If the 600,000 troops and their families don’t get vaccinated before their summer moves, they could be a vector to spread the disease as happened during the 1918 Pandemic. The virus traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic, and at the height of the American military involvement in the war, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened 20% to 40% of U.S. Army and Navy personnel.

Fox News has exclusively obtained new data from an online survey of military families showing there has been some improvement since December among those concerned with getting the vaccine. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) ( )

Blue Star Families, a veteran and military family non-profit, and COVID Collaborative, which conducted the survey have made the following recommendations to the Pentagon:

● Offering a choice: 66% of active-duty service members say a choice in the type of vaccine increases their likelihood of receiving one.

● Guaranteeing time off: 22% of active-duty service members reported difficulty in obtaining an appointment that fits with their schedule.

● Increasing information to military-connected spouses: 30% of active-duty spouses remain unsure if the vaccine is available to them.

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“So the opportunity to let people decide between Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, that makes a difference to folks,” according to BlueStar Families’ CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “The second thing was making it part of their work week. A lot of military people fee

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