COVID-19 | May 19, 2021

Family Vaccine FAQs

Q: Is the CG vaccinating dependents?
A.  Yes, the CG has now included dependents in the vaccination plan.  CG dependent family members are key to the readiness of the Active and Reserve force.  CG clinics will vaccinate dependents in communities where there is demand and the vaccine is not readily available from civilian providers , DoD Medical Treatment Facilities, or other sources.  Dependents who request the vaccine from a CG clinic are required to provide proof of dependent status.


Q: How do I find out if my local CG clinic will vaccinate my dependents?
A. Please contact your local CG clinic to determine if they are administering COVID-19 vaccinations to dependents. To find the contact information for local CG clinics, download the Heath, Safety, Work-Life Service Center (HSWL SC) app. For iPhone users: For Android users:

Alternately, you may contact the clinics directly using the list below.

Pfizer sites open to 12 years old and up:


USCG Academy Clinic, New London


USCG Clinic Alameda


USCG Clinic Baltimore


USCG Clinic Base Miami


USCG Clinic Boston


USCG Clinic Cape Cod


USCG Clinic Cape May


USCG Clinic Mobile


USCG Clinic National Capitol Region


USCG Clinic New Orleans


USCG Clinic Petaluma


USCG Clinic Portsmouth


Moderna sites open to 18 years old and up:


USCG Clinic Air Station Miami


USCG Clinic Astoria


USCG Clinic Base Miami


USCG Clinic Borinquen


USCG Clinic Clearwater


USCG Clinic Detroit


USCG Clinic Houston/Galveston


USCG Clinic Humboldt Bay


USCG Clinic Jacksonville


USCG Clinic Juneau


USCG Clinic Key West


USCG Clinic Kodiak




USCG Clinic New York


USCG Clinic Port Angeles


USCG Clinic Portsmouth


USCG Clinic San Diego


USCG Clinic San Juan


USCG Clinic Seattle


USCG Clinic Traverse City



Q. Will TRICARE beneficiaries, including military retirees, have access to the vaccine?
A. Yes. TRICARE beneficiaries empaneled at a DoD Military Treatment Facility (MTF) are eligible to receive the vaccine at a DoD MTF. TRICARE beneficiaries who receive care at DoD MTFs on a space-available basis can alternately receive vaccine through the local civilian medical providers. Coast Guard clinics will not be directly vaccinating dependents, so Coast Guard dependents have the options of getting vaccinated through their TRICARE physician, civilian pharmacy, or DoD MTF. 


Q. Are pregnant women who contract COVID-19 at an increased risk for severe illness and death?
A. For over a year, CDC identified pregnant women as a population at increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19, due to their naturally heightened inflammatory responses, when compared to non-pregnant peers. Further studies demonstrated pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 are at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19. In the U.S, over 86,877 pregnant women have contracted COVID-19 and 14,745 (17%) required hospitalization.


Q. Are the vaccines safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?
A. There is no evidence that Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines pose risk during pregnancy, or infertility for animals that received a vaccine prior to becoming pregnant, or during pregnancy, on future ability to conceive.  There is no history of any vaccine causing infertility.  Protection against infection through maternal antibodies passed to infants during pregnancy or through breast-feeding can be conferred from mom to baby.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorses the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for use in pregnant and lactating women. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protocols for new drug research prevented enrollment of pregnant women during the original Pfizer and Moderna vaccine trials. However, hundreds of women enrolled in those studies during 2020 became pregnant, and birth outcomes were tracked without incident. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine advocated for vaccine availability and autonomy for pregnant and lactating women to choose whether to become vaccinated based on personal and community risk factors. To date, over 94,000 women report being pregnant and vaccinated to the CDC.

The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, meaning it uses a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells. Vaccines that use the same viral vector have been given to pregnant people in all trimesters of pregnancy, including in a large-scale Ebola vaccination trial. No adverse pregnancy-related outcomes, including adverse outcomes affecting the infant, were associated with vaccination in these trials. Learn more about how viral vector vaccines work.  Regarding the J&J/Janssen vaccine, the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks.  However, women under age 50 should be aware of the rare risk of blood clots associated with low platelet count, and that other COVID-19 vaccine options are available where this risk has not been seen.

On 21 April, 2021, the New England Journal of Medicine published “Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons”, which can be read at the following link:


Q. Should children get the vaccine?
A. As of May 10, 2021, according to The Food and Drug Administration, everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. People 12 years and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. People 18 years and older can receive the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine.

Clinical trials for children younger than 12 are currently underway from both Pfizer and Moderna.  That data could be submitted for FDA review as early as September.