Marine Corps COVID-19 Vaccine Separations Top 600
Marine Corps COVID-19 Vaccine Separations Top 600

Marine Corps COVID-19 Vaccine Separations Top 600

Covid-19 vaccine booster shot is preset for a shooting event in Hangar Bay aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on December 28, 2021. Photo by US Navy

The Marine Corps separated 74 Marines over the past week, bringing the total number of separations due to the refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to 640.

The Marine Corps leads the branches in the number of separations over the COVID-19 vaccine. The Navy, which has separated 270 sailors, is number two. The air force has separated 160 active pilots, and the army has not yet separated any soldiers, according to the department’s weekly updates.

The Marine Corps update did not provide details on the 640 Marines who have been disbanded. Although the Marine Corps leads in separations, the separations make up about 0.35 percent of the force.

The Marine Corps granted three more religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total to six. At this time, all branches except the army have granted at least one religious dispensation, even though the navy was on conditional basis for a person in the individual ready reserve.

The Marines have also granted 1,007 medical and administrative exemptions, according to the weekly update.

As of Thursday, 96 percent of active Marines are fully vaccinated, with a further 1 percent partially vaccinated. That number has not changed over the past week.

The Marines have the same number as the Army, which also has 96 percent of its active soldier fully vaccinated and 1 percent partially vaccinated. The Air Force reported that 97.8 percent of its active pilots are fully vaccinated. The Navy does not publish percentages.

In the reserves, 88 percent of staff are fully vaccinated, while a further 1 percent are partially vaccinated. This has not changed since the last update.

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