Frequently Asked Questions

USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

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May 10, 2022

Mandatory Vaccination for Military Members FAQs

GeneralQ. Are unvaccinated members now allowed to attend “C” schools?A: Unvaccinated members are authorized to attend "C" Schools specifically required for their assignment, as necessary to meet mission readiness requirements. No other "C" School training is authorized for unvaccinated members. FORCECOM, in consultation with the appropriate

April 13, 2022

Face Mask FAQs

Q. When and where do I need to wear a mask?  A.  Mask wear guidance is subject to Coast Guard policy, guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In regards to Coast Guard facilities –  including child development centers, cutters, small boats, buildings, and aircraft – commands will use the CDC Community Level guidance for setting

March 29, 2022

Vaccine Side Effects FAQs

Q. If a Coast Guard military member chooses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while it is under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and suffers lasting side effects, will the Veterans Administration (VA) cover any long-term issues caused by the EUA vaccine?A. Yes. If a member chooses to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and suffers lasting side effects,

March 29, 2022

Reservists Vaccine FAQs

Q. Will reservists be able to get the vaccine from a Coast Guard clinic? A.  Reservists may be vaccinated at their local CG clinic in the same manner as active duty members.  Similar to other required vaccinations, Reservists may also get the COVID-19 vaccine from a community site (pharmacy, medical provider, etc.).  If not vaccinated at a CG

March 29, 2022

Reserve FAQs

Q: Do I still need to perform Active Duty for Training (ADT) and Inactive Duty for Training (IDT)?A: Yes. Reservists must still report for ADT and IDT as directed by cognizant authority to maintain mobilization readiness. Failure to report for duty without prior authorization will be viewed as an unexcused absence. Drills marked as “unexcused” may

March 29, 2022

Civilian and Contractors Vaccine FAQs

Q. Will the Coast Guard vaccinate civilian employees?A. Yes, all Coast Guard civilian employees, including Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) employees will have an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines will be administered at your local Coast Guard clinic as the vaccine becomes available. The Coast Guard planned for its service

March 29, 2022

Post Vaccine and Boosters FAQs

Q. Who is eligible to receive a booster dose?A. All Coast Guard military members and employees are considered first responders meeting the high-risk occupational or institutional exposure criteria and are strongly encouraged to get a booster if their last Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose was six or more months ago. If a member received the

March 29, 2022

Getting the Vaccine FAQs

Prior to Receiving the VaccineQ: Are there any advisories related to the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine?A: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a warning to the J&J vaccine regarding rare clotting events that have been reported among vaccine recipients. The FDA advisory on the J&J vaccine can be read

March 29, 2022

Exemptions and Accommodations FAQs

Q: Are there authorized exemptions from the mandatory vaccination requirement?A: Coast Guard policy allows, in some circumstances, medical exemptions and religious accommodations.Under current Coast Guard policy in COMDTINST M6230.4G (a joint directive with other military services), a medical exemption includes any medical contraindication relevant

March 29, 2022

Vaccine Development, and Safety FAQs

DevelopmentQ. What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?A. Besides the active ingredients which help the body produce a protective immune response against the COVID-19 virus, depending on the vaccine, inactive ingredients include small amounts of polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride (salt), potassium chloride (salt substitute),