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The Navy’s chief civilian leader and top officer both believe the impact sailors who refuse to be inoculated for Covid-19 will be minimal.

Speaking at a virtual press briefing earlier this month Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday noted that 99.7 percent of all personnel received at least one dose, and the overall vaccination rate is above 99 percent.

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In the meantime, Gilday said, those seeking administrative, medical or religious exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

“And then there’ll be others that may just refuse to get vaccinated,” Gilday said, “and we’ll deal with those. Our intent is to do this equitably, whether they’re active or reserve, whether they’re officer and enlisted, and do it with a degree of speed.”

Del Toro added that the policy extends to the Marine Corps as well.

“One of the things I’ve been pleased by, quite frankly, is the maturity and the responsibility that our sailors and Marines, and our civilians, are stepping up to the plate actually to get their vaccinations,” Del Toro said. “Therefore, the numbers are actually quite low. And I think it will have a minimal impact on our overall readiness.”