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Pacific Ocean - Nov 2020: Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Michael Beatty, right, from Columbus, Ohio, receives an influenza vaccine from Hospitalman Glenda Martinez, from Middletown, NY, in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is currently underway conducting routine maritime operations. (Navy photo by MCS 2nd Class Ellen E. Sharkey)

More than 80 percent of all Navy personnel have been vaccinated for Covid-19, as of mid-September 2021.

“We feel like we’ve been leading the way across the services,” Adm. Michael M. Gilday, the chief of Naval Operations, said during a Sept. 15 press conference at the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Gilday said on that ships and in facilities located at the service’s “tactical edge,” such as Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan, the vaccination rate is even higher – approaching 98 and 99 percent. Resistance among the ranks has been minimal, he said, adding that he believes the service will reach its goal of having a fully vaccinated active duty force by Nov. 28, with the reserve component vaccinated by Dec. 28.

“With those that don’t want the vaccine,” Gilday said, “we’ll deal with those on an individual basis.”

Gilday also cited progress the service has made since the significant Covid-19 outbreak last March on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt. The incident led to formulation and deliverance of better specific guidance to the fleet, he said, which focused in part on greater sharing of information.

“We’ve been connecting for a year and a half on – and leveraging each other’s good – best practices, and also challenges,” Gilday said.