The Army has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate among the military services, a new study said, according to Military Times.

During the period of the study, published in Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, the military’s peer-reviewed journal, Marines were more than 50% more likely to get the vaccine than soldiers.

Black service members and those with lower ranks and education levels were also among the most hesitant, similar to trends seen in the public at large.

“This suggests that forces external to the U.S. military, such as interpersonal and societal factors, also contribute towards vaccine hesitancy among military service members, as has been suggested for other disease processes,” the study said.

The military is not making vaccines mandatory, because they are currently under FDA emergency use authorization.

Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Vanessa Atchley

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