Frequently Asked Questions

USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

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Prior to Receiving the Vaccine FAQs

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Q: Do members need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to getting the vaccine?
A. No. It is not recommended to test a member solely for the purpose of vaccine decision making.

 

Q. Which vaccine will the Coast Guard be issuing?
A. The Coast Guard expects to issue multiple vaccines that are authorized for use by the FDA as part of the DoD plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

 

Q. Who will administer the vaccine?
A. Coast Guard medical staff will receive training on storage, handling, and administration of each vaccine.

 

Q. If I already had COVID-19, should I still get a vaccine?
A. Yes. Because the duration of immunity following COVID-19 disease can vary based upon the extent of exposure to the virus, eligible Coast Guard members are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine is a safe and effective means for battling the disease, while at the same time keeping our families, friends, and communities safe and healthy.

 

Q: Is the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine now available?
A
: On April 23, 2021, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee recommended the resumption of administration of the J&J vaccine after a pause to analyze and investigate reports of rare but severe blood clots associated with low platelets in patients. The Coast Guard is now receiving limited doses of the J&J vaccine to administer to members, in addition to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently being administered.

 

Q: Is the Coast Guard planning on administering the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine?
A
: Yes. The Coast Guard is receiving limited doses of the J&J vaccine to administer to members, in addition to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently being administered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide additional information on the J&J vaccine here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html.

 

Q: 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 here: https://www.fda.gov/media/146305/download.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide information on the J&J vaccine here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/janssen.html.

 

Q: Should women under the age of 50 receive the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine?
A
: Women under the age of 50 can receive any Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccination. However, they should be aware of the rare risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after receiving the J&J vaccine, and the availability of other FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Q: Do I need to stop taking aspirin or anticoagulants prior to receiving the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine?
A
: No, you do not need to stop taking these medications. However, it is not recommended to take aspirin or anticoagulants prior to receiving the J&J vaccine, or any other Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Q. Who can I contact with specific questions about the vaccine?
A: In addition to speaking with Coast Guard health care professionals, you may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC-INFO site (https://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/ask-cdc.html). The CDC-INFO site allows you to ask questions via web (https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/ContactUs/Form) or phone (800-CDC-INFO [800-232-4636]).