The commandant of the Marine Corps has claimed that “myths and misbeliefs” about Covid-19 vaccines have deterred enlistments
Commandant of the Marine Corps General David Berger attends a tribute ceremony for a deceased World War II hero last July at the US Capitol in Washington. © Getty Images / Alex Brandon
The highest-ranking general in the US Marine Corps has argued that “misbeliefs” about Covid-19 vaccines are contributing to the military’s manpower shortfalls, because many would-be recruits are balking at being forced to take the jabs.
“You talk to me in the cafeteria, and one of my first questions is, ‘Do I have to get that vaccine?’ And you go, ‘Yeah, you do.’ ‘Ok, I’ll talk to you later.’ It’s that fast,” said Commandant of the Marine Corps General David Berger. He added that the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate is a “big factor” in deterring enlistment of new troops in southern states, where there are “still myths and misbeliefs” about the inoculations.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday in Simi Valley, California, Berger said many opinions were formed during the politicized rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines. “People make decisions, and they still have those same beliefs. That’s hard to work your way past, really hard to work.”