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Army Pfc. Sara Jennings, a medic assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, prepares doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, April 19, 2021.

The Army is making a concerted effort to convince the ranks that Covid-19 vaccines are safe. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported that the service plans to use virtual town halls, social media, direct messaging and media outreach to counter vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.

“We want full transparency about Covid-19 vaccines so that our beneficiaries and our soldiers can make a confident and informed opinion about vaccinations,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, the Army surgeon general, said, AUSA reported.

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Dingle also said that the service has administered 800,000 vaccines – roughly 30 percent of the beneficiary population – as of April 22. He reiterated what federal and private health-care experts have been saying throughout the pandemic – that the disease itself far outweighs any risk associated with Covid-19 vaccines.

“Vaccines save lives, and Americans should continue to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dingle said.

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