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May 10, 2022

Mandatory Vaccination for Military Members FAQs

GeneralQ. Are unvaccinated members now allowed to attend “C” schools?A: Unvaccinated members are authorized to attend "C" Schools specifically required for their assignment, as necessary to meet mission readiness requirements. No other "C" School training is authorized for unvaccinated members. FORCECOM, in consultation with the appropriate

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,

March 29, 2022

Reservists Vaccine FAQs

Q. Will reservists be able to get the vaccine from a Coast Guard clinic? A.  Reservists may be vaccinated at their local CG clinic in the same manner as active duty members.  Similar to other required vaccinations, Reservists may also get the COVID-19 vaccine from a community site (pharmacy, medical provider, etc.).  If not vaccinated at a CG

March 29, 2022

Post Vaccine and Boosters FAQs

Q. Who is eligible to receive a booster dose?A. All Coast Guard military members and employees are considered first responders meeting the high-risk occupational or institutional exposure criteria and are strongly encouraged to get a booster if their last Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose was six or more months ago. If a member received the

March 29, 2022

Getting the Vaccine FAQs

Prior to Receiving the VaccineQ: Are there any advisories related to the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen vaccine?A: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a warning to the J&J vaccine regarding rare clotting events that have been reported among vaccine recipients. The FDA advisory on the J&J vaccine can be read

March 29, 2022

Exemptions and Accommodations FAQs

Q: Are there authorized exemptions from the mandatory vaccination requirement?A: Coast Guard policy allows, in some circumstances, medical exemptions and religious accommodations.Under current Coast Guard policy in COMDTINST M6230.4G (a joint directive with other military services), a medical exemption includes any medical contraindication relevant

March 29, 2022

Vaccine Development, and Safety FAQs

DevelopmentQ. 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),

March 29, 2022

Vaccine General Information FAQs

Q. Where can individuals go for more information about the vaccine they will be administered?A. To learn more about the authorized or approved vaccines, and how they are being administered, please read this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Q. How is Comirnaty (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) related to

March 29, 2022

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

Sept. 7, 2021

Getting the Vaccine FAQs

Prior to Receiving the VaccineQ: 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. Who will administer the vaccine?A. Coast Guard medical staff will receive training on storage, handling, and administration of each vaccine. Q. If