As the deadline approaches for active-duty sailors and Marines to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. Navy is closing in on 100% compliance, with fewer than 70 sailors not yet having received a dose.

According to data provided Wednesday by the Navy, 97% of the service’s roughly 343,000 sailors are fully immunized, while an additional 2.8% have received at least one dose. Six sailors have received permanent medical exemptions, and none has gotten a waiver for religious reasons.

Meanwhile, the Marine Corps faces an uphill battle in meeting the Nov. 28 deadline set by Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro: As of Wednesday, 94% of Marines had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 91% were fully vaccinated — the lowest rates

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