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Sept. 20, 2021

Medical Exemptions FAQs

Q. What are the criteria for being granted a permanent medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate? A. People who have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or people who are allergic to or have had a severe allergic reaction to an ingredient of the COVID-19 vaccine, can be granted a permanent medical

Sept. 20, 2021

Vaccine Development FAQs

Q. What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?A. Besides the active ingredients which help the body produce a protective immune response against the COVID-19 virus, depending on the vaccine, inactive ingredients include small amounts of polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride (salt), potassium chloride (salt substitute), sucrose

Sept. 20, 2021

Reservists Vaccine FAQs

Q. Will reservists be able to get the vaccine from a Coast Guard clinic? A. All Coast Guard clinics have the Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty vaccine available. Reservists are authorized to receive any of the three current COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech/Cominarty, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).  Reservists may be vaccinated at their local CG

Sept. 20, 2021

Vaccine General Information FAQs

Q. How is Comirnaty (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) related to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine? A. The FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech product Comirnaty (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) and the FDA-authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine under EUA have the same formulation and can be administered interchangeably to provide the COVID-19 vaccination

Sept. 20, 2021

Mandatory Vaccination for Military Members FAQs

GeneralQ. Can I meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement through previous infection with COVID-19, or the results of an antibody test?A. No. Because research is ongoing as to whether previous infection with COVID-19 confers lasting protection, previous COVID-19 infection is not considered proof of immunity. A history of COVID-19 disease and/or a

Sept. 7, 2021

Getting the Vaccine FAQs

Q. Will vaccines be available at Coast Guard medical clinics? When will they be available?A. Yes. COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available at Coast Guard clinics for Active Duty and Selected Reserve personnel. Military members should contact their servicing Coast Guard clinic for information on vaccine availability or for recording of vaccine

June 30, 2021

COVID Vaccine: Almost to 70%

The Coast Guard has nearly reached its goal of vaccinating 70% of our entire workforce by the July 4th holiday as we strive to vaccinate 100% of the workforce. The Coast Guard is making considerable progress in ensuring we are protecting ourselves, our shipmates, our families, and our communities against COVID-19.

June 14, 2021

A Conversation Guide to Encourage Shipmates, Family, and Friends to Get Vaccinated.

The current COVID-19 vaccines the Coast Guard is administering are safe and effective.  To date, the Coast Guard has fully vaccinated over 64% of the workforce and vaccines are widely available.

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