Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


What you need to know

Child care options for Coast Guard employees

The Coast Guard provides several options to support families needing care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years (6th grade).

  • Option 1: Enroll your child at a DoD child care center, school-age center, in-home child care, or Coast Guard child development center (CDC).
    Apply for child care at DoD-operated centers through MilitaryChildCare.com. (Priority for care is based on the DoD’s new eligibility requirements.)
    To find a Coast Guard child care center, visit the Child Development Centers contact list.
  • Option 2: Apply to the Coast Guard Child Care Fee Assistance (CCFA) program to offset the cost of a private childcare provider.
    Your provider must have a state license and be in good standing. You can search for a licensed provider through Childcare Aware.
    The fee assistance is paid to the provider after the sponsor pays the total monthly child care fee, and is not paid in advance. Visit the CCFA website to learn more or enroll. 

  • Free Boys & Girls Club memberships are available to children of Coast Guard Selected Reserve and Active Duty families can get a free Boys & Girls Club membership. Sponsors can go to any BGCA Club, mention that they are military, fill out a membership form, and then their children can start using the local BGCA facilities. The Coast Guard Morale, Wellness and Recreation program will pay the membership fees. (Families at Kodiak, Petaluma, Cape Cod, and Borinquen, we encourage you to first try your Coast Guard Youth Center!)
  • CG Mutual Assistance offers financial assistance for child care costs due to PCS and/or the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please go to https://cgmahq.org/ to obtain more information.
  • National Military Family Association grants are available for up to $1,500. The initial application window has closed. To be eligible, you must be active duty, activated reserves, or National Guard on active Title 10 or Title 32 orders for six months or longer, and in pay grades E1 – E6. For more information on eligibility and application windows, please visit https://www.militaryfamily.org/.

Vaccine FAQs



The following FAQs are developed from the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine website. Since this is a very fluid situation, please visit their webpage for continued updated general information. We will update these FAQs as information becomes available.

To become more familiar with COVID-19 vaccine development, please consult the CDC and the National Institute of Health (NIH) webpages.

Q. When will a vaccine be available in the United States?
A. In the United States, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The objective for Operation Warp Speed is to deliver safe vaccines that work, with the goal of the first supply becoming available before the end of 2020. However, this is a very fluid mission, and that timeline is subject to change.

The Coast Guard is working with the Department of Defense (DoD) on vaccine distribution planning.


Q. Once a vaccine is developed and available to the public, what is the Coast Guard’s plan for distribution?
A. The Coast Guard is working with our DOD partners on a plan for distributing the vaccine to Coast Guard units once the vaccine is available for us.


Q. Once the vaccine is available, who will be required to receive the vaccination? *Updated 11/27/2020*
A.  We expect that initially any vaccine(s) will be offered under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or other mechanism under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority, such as an Investigational New Drug (IND) Expanded Access Protocol (EAP). The details for the administration of each vaccine will depend on the language contained in the EUA or EAP. It is expected that these vaccines will be voluntary until achieving full FDA approval. Once we have FDA approval or an Executive Order the vaccine may become necessary as a matter of force readiness, similar to the annual influenza vaccine.


Q. Does the CDC have a national campaign to address any concerns people may have about getting the COVID-19 vaccination?
A. The CDC has a “Vaccinate with Confidence” strategic framework, which is being customized to address the unique information and health equity needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Vaccinate with Confidence for COVID-19 strategic framework will strive to support public and healthcare personnel acceptance of future COVID-19 vaccines. CDC will provide updates once the new strategic framework is completed.


Q. What is the Coast Guard’s plan for distribution?
A. The Joint Services distribution planning effort is ongoing in coordination with the Coast Guard and our DoD partners. It consists of tiers that will facilitate vaccine availability. Once the vaccine is available, members will be updated on how and when to receive the vaccine.


Q. How do I continue to protect myself while a vaccine is still being developed?

A. For information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s webpage of how to prevent the spread of the disease. You should also read and be familiar with the Coast Guard’s PLANORD.


Q. Is the Coast Guard developing any plans on how to administer the vaccine to its members?
A. The Coast Guard is in the process of developing administration plans, which are expected to be in place before the vaccine is available and offered to the workforce.


Q. What sort of safety issues is the Coast Guard taking into consideration?
A. As with any vaccination or medical procedure, Coast Guard medical staff will receive training on how to administer the vaccine. The service will also have a way to report any adverse reactions a person may experience from the vaccine.