((This comment is a repost from another thread about basically the same article, just a different source))
I’m gonna preface what I say with the fact that I got the vaccine at the first opportunity given to me, and I am a member of the military.
The Army/military in general has an inherent distrust of vaccines because an uncomfortable amount of service members have had extremely negative effects of certain vaccines in recent history. The anthrax vaccine is a good example:
The survey indicated that 85% of troops who received an anthrax shot had an adverse reaction, a rate far higher than the 30% claimed by the manufacturer in 2000, when the survey was conducted.
Source of the above quote
There have been laws against forcing non-FDA-approved vaccines created specifically because of these incidents.
A lot of people in the military feel that they are often used as “lab rats”, and have been used in that manner in the past. We are humans too, and just because we’re willing to put ourselves in danger, risking life and limb doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have the choice on a relatively new vaccine that we don’t know a lot about.
So while it is frustrating that people are refusing the vaccine in the military, it is understandable for the military* to be apprehensive and we aren’t test dummies.
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