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Military releases number of Marines who have volunteered to get COVID-19 vaccines at Parris Island

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A U.S. Marine with II MEF receives the COVID vaccine on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 20, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samuel Lyden)

US Marines don’t hesitate to do much and all volunteered to do their jobs- getting a COVID vaccination, however, is another story.

Nearly half of the Leathernecks in South Carolina who have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine through the military have declined to get a shot, a figure reported by federal data.

Around 2,900 Marines in the state received a dose of the controversial vaccine as of June 2, but around 2,600 have refused to “get the stick.”

According to the News Observer, the difference is around forty-seven percent.

Around 10,700 Marines are currently in South Carolina, and only 27.1% of that group had been vaccinated through the DOD as of early June.

“Our population is comprised mostly of young and healthy individuals,” USMC Spokesman Captain Andrew Wood wrote in a statement. “There are several reasons someone may not yet have received the vaccine other than declining. For example, an individual may have deferred until later to allow others to get the vaccine, they could be unavailable for a second dose in the prescribed time period, they could expect the vaccine to become mandatory and are just waiting until then, or they may be allergic to one of the compounds in the vaccine.”

Outside of the Corps, only around 4.9% of Palmetto State residents ages 20 to 24 have received at least one dose, according to DHEC data and US Census Bureau estimates.

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