The Marine Corps granted two religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine. They are the 1st military branch to do so. Two out of 3,212 religious exemption requests have been granted for the vaccine. All active duty Marines were required to receive by November 28th. The religious exemptions are not only the first given by the military for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the first religious exemption to a vaccine the Marine Corps has given in at least 10 years. The Marine Corps has received 3,350 requests for the COVID-19 vaccine and has processed a total of 3,212.