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 allocation from DoD to include all Coast Guard civilian employees (including NAF employees), and we are ready to enter required information on the vaccine into authoritative DoD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention databases for any civilian employee who volunteers to be vaccinated by the Coast Guard.
Q. Will the Coast Guard vaccinate contractors?
A. Mission essential Coast Guard contractors working onsite and in close proximity to their civilian and active duty counterparts in critical operations support activities and mission support functions are authorized to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by their local CG clinic as it becomes available and their tier priority is reached. Further guidance for contract employees on how to obtain the vaccine from a Coast Guard clinic, including processes for requesting a vaccination, reporting procedures, general information, and other human resources policy matters will be provided through the chain of command.
Q. As a civilian employee, if I receive the vaccine in a Coast Guard clinic, how will that vaccination be tracked and what next steps should I take?
A. As a civilian employee, if you decide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a Coast Guard clinic, you will be responsible for reporting this to your civilian health care provider so they can include the vaccine in your health care record. Also, if you receive the vaccine outside of a Coast Guard or DOD Military Treatment Facility (MTF), you are encouraged to voluntarily report receipt of the vaccine to your nearest CG clinic to assist the CG in assessing how much of the total workforce has been vaccinated.
Q. As a civilian employee, if I decline to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in a Coast Guard clinic, can I still choose to receive it?
A. Coast Guard civilian employees who decide not to be vaccinated by the Coast Guard may choose to receive the vaccine through their health care providers when the vaccine becomes available.
Q. Will the Coast Guard distribute the vaccine to the American public too?
A. The President has released a National Strategy for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness which includes direction for Federal government support to states and territories regarding national vaccine administration. The Coast Guard continues to vaccinate within the Service and stands ready to support national vaccination efforts as needed.
Q. Will the Coast Guard administer the vaccine to members/employees in the Department of Defense or other federal agencies?
A. Using the DoD approved prioritization schema and distribution plan, the Coast Guard is using a phased approach to allocate the initial limited quantities of the vaccine to active duty and reserve Coast Guard members. The Coast Guard will offer to vaccinate civilian employees as the vaccine becomes available. As additional quantities of vaccine are received, the Coast Guard will reevaluate its ability to vaccinate additional populations, in accordance with the approved DoD prioritization schema.