My Coast Guard
Commentary | Feb. 26, 2021

Training centers lift restrictions for vaccinated students

By Janki Patel, MyCG Staff

Starting Monday, Coast Guard training centers will remove the restriction of movement requirement for Coast Guard members who are fully vaccinated. If you receive both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines more than 14 days prior to your start date, you won't have to isolate before your course at a Coast Guard training facility. 

Students who are unvaccinated will be required to complete a two-week home restriction of movement for training (HT-ROM) prior to training, in accordance with current guidance

Students currently in receipt of orders will be contacted by the training center to discuss the transition status of the respective course to the new vaccination policy. It is anticipated all Coast Guard courses will complete the transition by April 15.

Maintaining the health and readiness of the workforce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a priority of the Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) and training centers have been successful in implementing numerous strategies to increase training availability, lessen time away from operational units and prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the workforce. Vaccination efforts currently underway will further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent a large scale spread onboard a training center. 

“Vaccination efforts are a vital component of the service returning to normal operations,” said Dr. Gladys Brignoni, FORCECOM director. “Vaccination efforts protect our families, friends and shipmates from this disease. As we work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are always looking for ways to implement practical solutions to reduce the burden on our workforce and see this as a significant step forward for the workforce.”

Vaccinated students will not be required to wear N-95 masks on commercial transit while traveling to and from Coast Guard training centers. 

Coast Guard members attending courses hosted by DOD or DHS partners (including FLETC) will be required to follow the ROM practices of the hosting agency or service.

FORCECOM is continuing to adapt and refine their practices as this ongoing pandemic in order to deliver critical training to the workforce in a safe environment.  

Resources

  • More details regarding the latest status of FORCECOM readiness activities is available in ALCOAST 074/21.