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May 20, 2021

Face Mask FAQs

 Q: Does making unvaccinated personnel wear a mask violate HIPAA?A: HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and its Privacy Rule have provisions to restrict a “covered entity” (such as an insurer or healthcare provider) from sharing a person’s protected health information without the person’s knowledge or consent, or pursuant to

May 20, 2021

Vaccine General Information FAQs

 Q.  What are the most important things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine?A. Now that there are recommended and authorized vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are eight things you need to know about the CDC's new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. 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

May 5, 2021

Prior to Receiving the Vaccine FAQs

 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

May 5, 2021

Getting the Vaccine FAQs

 Q. What should I expect when I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?A. It is important to understand how your body responds to vaccines. According to the CDC’s article “Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work”, we must first look at how our bodies fight illness. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without

May 5, 2021

Post Vaccine FAQs

 Q: How long will protection last following vaccination?A. We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination but it will be critically important to measure long-term protection in the phase 3 trials and in other groups prioritized for early vaccination. We are still learning about the duration of protection following infection with

May 5, 2021

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,

May 5, 2021

Vaccine Development FAQs

 Q. What are the different types of COVID-19 vaccines?A. As COVID-19 vaccines are authorized and then recommended for use in the United States, it’s important to learn about the vaccines that are available.  The CDC provides information on who is eligible and recommended to receive each vaccine and what to expect after vaccination, as well as

April 8, 2021

Civilian and Contractors Vaccine FAQ

 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 17, 2021


 Q:  What allowances am I authorized if I am returning from temporary duty travel or deployment, and am ordered into isolation or quarantine by a public health, medical, or DoD official at a port of entry or debarkation, including while awaiting a COVID-19 test result -- before proceeding to my permanent duty station?A: You may be authorized