Fort Carson responds to top 12 reasons soldiers opt out of getting COVID vaccine


FILE – U.S. Army medic Kristen Rogers of Waxhaw, N.C. fills syringes with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in North Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Fort Carson has released the top 12 reasons that their soldiers are opting out of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and its response to these reasons.

It isn’t clear whether the list is in any particular order.

The following are some of the main reasons soldiers are opting out followed by the response from Fort Carson:

12 Reasons Ft. Carson soldiers opt out of COVID vaccine & response (U.S. Army Fort Carson Facebook page)

Reason: The vaccine is not FDA approved, has not been proven safe.

Fort Carson responded by saying the majority of supplements and energy drinks are not FDA approved. The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through a rigorous, multi-stage testing process.

You find more information about the rigorous process the FDA takes for emergency-use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine on their website.

Reason: What’s the point? — I still need to wear a mask.

Fort Carson says when 70% of active-duty soldiers on post are vaccinated, the outdoor masking requirement will be lifted.

Reason: This is the first time I get to tell the Army “no.”

Fort Carson says the Army exists to protect the American people, saying the virus is our enemy. They acknowledge that it is voluntary to get the vaccine, however there is an opporunity to take action to protect the general public and stop the pandemic.

Reason: I am not in the high-risk population.

Fort Carson says you should consider how you could protect other people at higher-risk for the coronavirus.

Governor Jared Polis also shared the same sentiment in last week’s State COVID response press conference.

“It’s your turn. We have enough for you. You’re not just protecting yourself, but you are also protecting everybody you are coming in contact with. The sooner we can do that, the sooner we can put this pandemic behind us,” Gov. Polis said.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available to everyone.

Reason: I already had COVID-19.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there is a possibility of reinfection after you’ve had COVID-19 once, but is rare. They are “still learning more” about the virus.

Fort Carson says early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long. The vaccine will help you develop a more lasting immune response to the virus and protect against most variants.

Reason: The vaccine symptoms are worse than the virus.

Fort Carson says more than 30,000 vaccines have been administered on Fort Carson, and only one allergic reaction has been recorded. The vast majority of patients have mild symptoms, including fatigue and muscle soreness. Side effects of the Moderna vaccine typically resolve within 24 to 72 hours.

Reason: The virus has the same mortality rate as the flu.

Fort Carson says the 2017-2018 flu season was the worst in the last 10 years, resulting in 61,000 U.S. deaths. COVID-19 has killed more than 569,000 Americans. More Americans have died as a result of COVID-19 than died in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, combined.

Reason: I don’t want to get my family sick.

Fort Carson says the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and is not a live vaccine. You cannot give your family COVID-19 from the vaccine.

According to the CDC, none of the vaccines currently authorized in the U.S. contain the live virus. That means the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Reason: I am being safe. It has kept me healthy so far.

Fort Carson says “Social distancing and mask wearing are effective in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. However, precautionary measures do not directly combat the virus. The vaccine builds an immune response and protects your health, the health of our families, and the health of our community.”

Reason: The vaccine may impact my pregnancy.

Fort Carson says The New England Journal of Medicine released a study of more than 35,000 pregnant people. The report concluded that “mRNA vaccines did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons.”

Reason: I just feel skeptical and don’t know what to believe.

Fort Carson says “The choice to get vaccinated is a personal decision and should not be taken lightly. Talk to a medical professional, consult the FDA Factsheet, and review educational materials available on and from the CDC to weigh risks and benefits.”

You can also learn more about each vaccine on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

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