Commentary | June 30, 2021

COVID Vaccine: Almost to 70%

By Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy

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. And our efforts to vaccinate the entire Only 911 more to reach our goal of 56,957 people vaccinated!!workforce continue. Currently, 68.2% of the entire CG workforce has received at least one dose. We need 911 more people to receive at least one dose to reach our 70% goal by July 4.

Ensuring the widest possible awareness of who has been vaccinated will help us meet and exceed the President’s goal of vaccinating 70% of eligible Americans by July 4th. Maybe you have received your vaccination but have not communicated that to your supervisor. Active duty and reserve members, if you received the vaccine outside of a Coast Guard clinic, you must bring your vaccination cards in to be recorded in your medical record. Civilians, you are strongly encouraged to inform your supervisor that you have been vaccinated, ideally by sharing your vaccination card. Unlike the Department of Defense (DoD), the Coast Guard deemed civilians part of our reportable workforce. Your acknowledgement of vaccination facilitates Coast Guard’s achievement of a significant 70% national milestone.

Getting the vaccine is currently a personal choice for military members, and we strive to equip you with the information and support you need to make the most informed decision. In making fully informed decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine, it is normal to have questions. Please consult authoritative sources, including the ones listed below, to ensure your questions are answered. The science demonstrates that vaccination is an effective, safe, and sustainable solution towards eradicating the virus. Medical experts recently revealed that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are safe and effective for pregnant people. Scientific evidence suggests that COVID-19 poses a greater threat while pregnant, increasing the severity of illness, likelihood of hospitalization, and risk of preterm birth. When it comes down to it, the overall long-term health complications from contracting the COVID-19 virus are more severe than the possible side effects from vaccination.

You play a critical role in the success of our mission—to improve the health of our people and achieve medical readiness. Getting the vaccine underscores your commitment to the force and enables you and your fellow Coast Guard members to advance mission readiness.

If you initially deferred the vaccine, and you would like to be vaccinated, please let your supervisor know and they will help you get vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and have not yet informed your supervisor, please do so. Help us meet our goal of 70% of the workforce vaccinated by July 4 as we strive to vaccinate 100% of the workforce.

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