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USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

For additional coronavirus questions not covered in these FAQ or that your chain of command cannot answer, please e-mail To ensure the most timely response, please identify yourself (i.e. military member, civilian, Auxiliarist, contractor, family member) in your e-mail inquiry. 

COVID-19 | 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, long-term issues would be covered by the Veterans Administration (VA).


Q: I previously received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine. Should I be worried?
A. The syndrome that occurred in a rare number of cases is called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, also known as clotting associated with low platelet counts. The symptoms include headache, vision changes, or symptoms of a stroke. These events have been extremely rare. If you received the vaccine in the last 14 days and develop stroke-like symptoms, have trouble breathing, or you are bruising easily, please contact your primary care provider. If your symptoms are severe, or if you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain, call 911.  The following link provides additional information on the J&J vaccine, including what you should do if you experience side effects: Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety | CDC