Due to past instances of forced vaccination of military service members with experimental vaccines and medicines, the military community lags the civilian population in percentage of those vaccinated.
Navy veteran and contributing writer to The Nation Andrew McCormick joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how various news outlets have covered the climate change crisis and why the military service population has been hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
Covering the climate crisis
The various media outlets that are popular throughout the world have covered the climate change crisis in varying ways. While some have been sounding the alarm, others have been working in overdrive to deny its existence.
Working with Covering Climate Now, McCormick is dedicated to analyzing the competing coverage and educating other journalists on how to cover it. Their model consists of telling the truth about climate change, acknowledging lies about the problem, explaining why the lie is wrong and then moving on with the story.
He said the plan is going well. Corporations and investment firms are beginning to wake up to the issue and are getting on board. It is good whether or not they are in it for the good publicity or because it is the right thing to do.
Vaccinating the military
McCormick, who is a veteran, went on to say the active-duty military population lags their civilian counterparts in vaccination rates. One-third and sometimes up to half of units are refusing the vaccine.
Due to past issues with experimental and emergency vaccines, the military is no longer allowed to require these vaccinations, such as the COVID-19 vaccine. He said this is because of a 1997 lawsuit brought due to the anthrax vaccine that was forced. Service members experienced side effects and the court sided with the service members.
Despite the lagging vaccination rate, McCormick said the vaccinated percentage is on the rise.