COVID-19

View Barnstable BOARD OF HEALTH Updates HERE

Massachusetts School Mask Mandate Extended To November 1

Pfizer COVID-19 Booster shots are now available to:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older.
  • Individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions as defined by the CDC.
  • Individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings.


Update September 20, 2021: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11.The vaccine maker said Monday it plans to seek authorization for this age group soon in the U.S., Britain and Europe.

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.

Pfizer studied a lower dose of its two-dose vaccine in more than 2,200 kindergartners and elementary school-aged kids. The kids developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults.

Delta Variant: What We Know About the Science

Update August 6, 2021:

On July 27, 2021, CDC released updated guidance on the need for urgently increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage and a recommendation for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated. CDC issued this new guidance due to several concerning developments and newly emerging data signals.  First is a reversal in the downward trajectory of cases. In the days leading up to our guidance update, CDC saw a rapid and alarming rise in the COVID case and hospitalization rates around the country.

  • In late June, our 7-day moving average of reported cases was around 12,000. On July 27, the 7-day moving average of cases reached over 60,000. This case rate looked more like the rate of cases we had seen before the vaccine was widely available.

Second, new data began to emerge that the Delta variant was more infectious and was leading to increased transmissibility when compared to other variants, even in vaccinated individuals. This includes recently published data from CDC and our public health partners, unpublished surveillance data that will be publicly available in the coming weeks, information included in CDC’s updated Science Brief on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination, and ongoing outbreak investigations linked to the Delta variant.

Delta is currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States. Below is a high-level summary of what CDC scientists have recently learned about the Delta variant. More information will be made available when more data are published or released in other formats.

Infections and Spread

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  • The Delta variant is more contagious: The Delta variant is highly contagious, nearly twice as contagious as previous variants.
  • Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus strains.
  • Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: Although breakthrough infections happen much less often than infections in unvaccinated people, individuals infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit it to others. CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit the virus.
  • Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period: Previous variants typically produced less virus in the body of infected fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) than in unvaccinated people. In contrast, the Delta variant seems to produce the same high amount of virus in both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like other variants, the amount of virus produced by Delta breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people also goes down faster than infections in unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people are likely infectious for less time than unvaccinated people.
Vaccines will be administered in the Marketplace Building 4-9 pm daily through Sunday, July 25th!

As of July 1, 2021 Barnstable County officials will move their weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics from Cape Cod Community College to the Barnstable County Complex. Directions HERE

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment will hold the vaccine clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in the Harborview Conference Room within the county complex at 3195 Main St. in Barnstable Village, according to this week’s announcement.

The two-shot Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people age 12 and up. People 18 and older also will be offered the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the county press release said.

Agreement Reached to Extend Some Mass. Pandemic Policies

When the state of emergency expired, it took with it pandemic policy adjustments like remote public meetings, eviction protections, health care flexibilities and to-go cocktails.

The legislature failed to move legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk keeping in place authorization for remote public meetings, eviction protections, and restaurant relief before those measures expired. 

But the Massachusetts House and Senate announced a deal to temporarily extend the measures Tuesday evening, meaning Baker could be able to sign the measure before the end of Tuesday night.

COVID-19 State of Emergency

Previously issued emergency orders and guidance associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency, which terminated on June 15, 2021.

On March 10, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, giving the Administration more flexibility to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. The state of emergency and all Emergency and Public Health Orders issued pursuant to the emergency terminated on June 15, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Cape Cod Healthcare has appointments available at the Cape Cod Hospital Community Vaccine Clinic for first dose vaccines which can be self-scheduled online. Vaccinations at our clinic, located at the Melody Tent in Hyannis, are also available on a walk-in basis during clinic hours. Current dates and times as follows:

Current First Dose Vaccine Clinics:

  • May 19 – Melody Tent Pfizer 3:00-7:00 p.m. *Please note: this clinic is for anyone 12 and older
  • May 20 – Melody Tent Moderna 8:00-11:00 a.m.
  • May 21 – Melody Tent Moderna 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • May 26 – Melody Tent Moderna 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Second Dose Vaccine Clinics:

  • May 19 – Melody Tent 2nd Pfizer 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • May 20 – Melody Tent 2nd Moderna 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • May 21 – Melody Tent 2nd Moderna 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • May 26 – Melody Tent 2nd Moderna 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC! WALK-INS WELCOME

Harbor Community Health Center-Hyannis, the Town of Barnstable, and the Hyannis Fire Department has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Barnstable Adult Community Center.

Open to anyone 16 years (with guardian consent) of age or older. To make an appointment call 1-888-503-0766.

Walkin 9:00am -11:45 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Barnstable Adult Community Center
825 Falmouth Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601

Community Health Center of Cape Cod COVID-19 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic is open for walk-ins from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth

– Community Health Center of Cape Cod Johnson & Johnson clinic is available to walk-ins and pre-registered individuals, 3-6 p.m., May 12 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth.

April 26, 2021 – The Mashpee Fire & Rescue Department and Community Health Center of Cape Cod will offer an “After Hours Pfizer Vaccine Clinic” for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The clinic is designed to help those 16 years old and above get their first COVID vaccine dose during non-work hours.

The Christ the King Church’s Social Hall will host the clinic, which will be from 3 pm to 7 pm on Friday, April 30.

Christ the King Church, 5 Job’s Fishing Rd, Mashpee, MA 02649

Recipients will automatically have their second vaccine shot scheduled for May 12 during the same time and location.

Residents are advised to use the parking lots located behind the church near the Social Hall.

Appointments can be made HERE

Those who have technical difficulties during the sign-up process can contact the Health Center at (508) 477-7090.

 
PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE
Barnstable County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
 
 
ONE (1) Barnstable County COVID-19 vaccine clinic
OPEN FOR REGISTRATION TODAY 4/21 at
approximately 12:00 PM
 
Due to an unforeseen challenge during our transition to the state’s new preregistration system, we are posting the following clinic for registration using http://www.maimmunizations.org.
 
TODAY: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 12:00 PM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted, searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org.
 
COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic (1) at Cape Cod Community College
Date: April 22 (Thursday)
Address: 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Number of doses available this clinic: 800
Time: 10am – 2pm
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer
Clinic Format: Indoors, 4Cs Gymnasium
Directions: See Google Maps
 
  • People age 16 + who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.
 
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
 
  • Please leave pets at home.
 
  • There are no restrooms on site.
 
  • Individuals arriving at vaccination sites must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
 
Important Registration Tips:
 
  • Please try the direct link below, which may help to bypass the waiting room in the registration system.
 
 
  • If this link does not work, you will need to go to www.maimmunizations.org, and and expect to enter the system’s “waiting room” automatically. While waiting, you will likely see the estimated wait times fluctuate between long and short periods; disregard these reported estimated wait times and persist as long as you are able.
 
  • It is important that you do not refresh the page.
 
  • When going to www.maimmunizations.org, scroll down until you see this clinic listed. We advise that you do not type in the date or any other parameters, such as “senior” or “adult” in the search.
 
These clinics are organized by Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and are separate from clinics offered by Cape Cod Healthcare. Barnstable County is a member of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium, comprised of Cape Cod Healthcare, Barnstable County, Cape Cod Delegation, the towns and community health centers of Cape Cod, with support from Cape Cod Community College, which has established a large-scale vaccination site at the Cape Cod Community College gymnasium. Two entities, Cape Cod Healthcare and Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, are operating vaccination clinics at Cape Cod Community College independently of one another as of March 1.
 
 

Monday, April 19 all people age 16-54 become eligible.

MA Immunizations Website HERE

Vax Finder HERE

View Barnstable BOARD OF HEALTH Updates HERE

Important Announcements Regarding Changes to the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration Process
 
Barnstable County is transitioning to the new, state-run vaccine pre-registration system, called Color.
 
Here’s what you need to know:
 
In order to get a first-dose vaccine appointment at one of our clinics, you must pre-register through the Mass.gov website. Simply click the link below:
 
 
  • Once you are pre-registered, the system will alert you via your preferred form of communication (phone, email or text) when there is an opportunity for you to schedule an appointment. Appointments are offered based on eligibility and availability of vaccine.
 
 
  • We are no longer sending emails notifying the public of upcoming clinic dates and specific clinic registration opening times.
 
  • Barnstable County clinics will continue to take place weekly at the Cape Cod Community College gymnasium. The clinics are indoors and wheelchair accessible.
 
  • First dose clinics will not take place every week; some weeks will serve to provide second doses to those who received their initial vaccination at one of our earlier clinics.
 
Over the coming weeks, vaccine availability at select pharmacy locations is expected to increase substantially.
 
  • If you are able to find an appointment elsewhere while you are waiting to be contacted by the state system (for example, at your local pharmacy or grocery store), there are several clear avenues to opt out. The state system will only notify you regarding appointment openings at publicly run clinics.

Statement from the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

 Barnstable, MA- April 13, 2021 – Today, the FDA and CDC recommended that U.S. federal distribution channels, including all vaccination sites, pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until a review of the vaccine is completed. This is in response to an extremely rare occurrence of potentially dangerous blood clots, which was reported in 6 individuals nationwide.

Barnstable County has halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of today. Two small Johnson & Johnson clinics planned for today and tomorrow have been canceled.  All other clinics hosted by Barnstable County will continue to use the Pfizer vaccine. Barnstable County has administered 1,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since January of this year.

Barnstable County advises Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients who received their shot within the last three weeks to contact their health care provider if they experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.

More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.

The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S., and are not affected by the pause. Barnstable County has predominantly received the Pfizer vaccine.

Currently, 3,500 Pfizer doses are received on a weekly basis.

On Friday, April 9, 24-hour notice of clinic registration openings will be discontinued; the public can expect any upcoming Barnstable County regional vaccine clinics to be posted and open for registration on Fridays before noon. 

 
On Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted, searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org.
 
COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic (1) at Orleans DPW
Date: April 15 (Thursday)
Address: 40 Giddiah Hill Road, Orleans, MA 02653
Number of doses available this clinic: 1,000
Time: 9am – 3pm
Type of Vaccine: Pfizer
Clinic Format: Drive-through
Directions: See Google Maps
 

Important Registration Tips: 

Orleans DPW Clinics

      • It is important that you do not refresh the page.
      • If this link does not work, you will need to go to www.maimmunizations.org, and expect to enter the system’s “waiting room” automatically. While waiting, you will likely see the estimated wait times fluctuate between long and short periods; disregard these reported estimated wait times and persist as long as you are able. Please try the direct link below, which may help to bypass the waiting room in the registration system.
    •  
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • Please leave pets at home.
  • There are no restrooms on site.
  • Individuals arriving at vaccination sites must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.

April 1, 2021 – Barnstable, MA | The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment announced today that on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted, searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org.

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics (2) at Cape Cod Community College

Dates: April 6 (Tuesday), April 7 (Wednesday)

Address: 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668

Number of doses available at each clinic: 4/6: 1400; 4/7: 800

Times: 

Tuesday April 6, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Wednesday April 7, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Indoor clinic: Clinics at CCCC take place indoors in the gymnasium. These clinics are wheelchair accessible, with staff available to assist if necessary.

Directions: See Google Maps

Go to the main entrance at Cape Cod Community College, and you will be given further instructions. See a campus map at https://www.capecod.edu/media/capecodedu/content-assets/documents/campus-map.pdf

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic (1) at Barnstable County Fairgrounds 

Dates: April 8 (Thursday)

Address: 319 Currier Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Number of doses: 800

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Drive-thru clinic: Clinics at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds are drive-thru clinics.

Directions: See Google Maps

Enter the Fairgrounds off Currier Rd. and you will be given further instructions.

Free COVID testing is available tomorrow – Sunday, March 28th from 12-6 PM.

 Testing will be conducted at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. No appointment required.

 The COVID test will be conducted by the state mobile testing unit staff. Masks and social distancing will be required at testing site.

 Testing is an important strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Barnstable County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at CCCC and County Fairgrounds Will Open for Registration Tomorrow

March 25, 2021 – Barnstable, MA. | The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment announced today that on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 10:00 AM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted and will be searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics at Cape Cod Community College

Dates: Tuesday, March 30, Wednesday, March 31

Address: Cape Cod Community College,2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668

Number of doses available at each clinic: 1200 (total 2,400)

Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Indoor clinic: Clinics at CCCC take place indoors in the gymnasium. These clinics are wheelchair accessible, with staff available to assist if necessary.

Directions: SeeGoogle Maps

Go to the main entrance at Cape Cod Community College, and you will be given further instructions. See a campus map athttps://www.capecod.edu/media/capecodedu/content-assets/documents/campus-map.pdf

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic at Barnstable County Fairgrounds 

Dates: Thursday, April 1

Address: 319 Currier Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536

Number of doses: 870

Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Drive-thru clinic: Clinics at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds are drive-thru clinics.

Directions: SeeGoogle Maps

Enter the Fairgrounds off Currier Rd. and you will be given further instructions.

These clinics are available for those who meet the following criteria: All those eligible in Phase 1 and people who are 60 or older, people with 2 or more certain medical conditions,people who live or work in low income and affordable senior housing, K-12 educators, K-12 school staff, and child care workers, and certain workers.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Individuals arriving at vaccination sites must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.

Important Registration Tips: 

  • Please try these direct links below, which may help to bypass the waiting room in the registration system.

Cape Cod Community College Clinics HERE

Barnstable County Fairground Clinic HERE

  • If these links do not work, you will need to go to www.maimmunizations.org, and expect to enter the system’s “waiting room” automatically. While waiting, you will likely see the estimated wait times fluctuate between long and short periods; disregard these reported estimated wait times and persist as long as you are able.
  • It is important that you do not refresh the page.
  • When going to www.maimmunizations.org, scroll down until you see this clinic listed. We advise that you do not type in the date or any other parameters, such as “senior” or “adult” in the search.

These clinics are organized by Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and are separate from clinics offered by Cape Cod Healthcare. Barnstable County is a member of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium, comprised of Cape Cod Healthcare, Barnstable County, Cape Cod Delegation, the towns and community health centers of Cape Cod, with support from Cape Cod Community College, which has established a large-scale vaccination site at the Cape Cod Community College gymnasium. Two entities, Cape Cod Healthcare and Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, are operating vaccination clinics at Cape Cod Community College independently of one another as of March 1.

Effective Monday March 22, 2021

Phase 4, Step 1 of the reopening plan allows large-scale venues such as indoor & outdoor stadiums, arenas & ballparks to open at 12% capacity. Includes increases in gathering limits at event venues.

Phase 4, Step 1 of the reopening plan allows large-scale venues like indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks to open at 12% capacity and increases gathering limits at event venues and public settings to 100 people inside and 150 people outside. (Private gathering limits remain in place, at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.)Summer camps, exhibitions and convention halls will also be allowed to operate under Phase 4, and weddings and other events may include dance floors.

State officials say they can loosen restrictions because public health metrics, like the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations, continue to improve.

Mass. Travel Order Changes

Under the new travel advisory, anyone arriving in the state after being elsewhere for more than 24 hours will be advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.

Previously, people coming from states without an exemption were required to fill out the form and quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

Phase 4 of the Mass. reopening plan allows for a significant increase in gathering capacities.
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours.
  • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms).
Massachusetts health officials are no longer requiring people who have been fully vaccinated to quarantine or test negative for COVID-19 when traveling to the Bay State at least two weeks after their final shot.

Under the outgoing travel order, people can travel to Massachusetts from just four states and one U.S. territory: Oregon, Washington, Missouri, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

State officials have cited improving public health metrics, like the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations, in their decision to loosen restrictions.

Barnstable County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at CCCC Will Open for Registration Tomorrow

Three vaccine clinics at Cape Cod Community College will open for registration on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 AM

March 18, 2021 – Barnstable, MA. | The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment announced today that on Friday, March 19, 2021, at 10:00 AM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted and will be searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic Dates: Tuesday, March 23, Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25

Address: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668

Number of doses available at each clinic: 900 (total 2,700)

Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Directions: SeeGoogle Maps

Go to the main entrance at Cape Cod Community College, and you will be given further instructions. See a campus map athttps://www.capecod.edu/media/capecodedu/content-assets/documents/campus-map.pdf

These clinics are available for those who meet the following criteria: All those eligible in Phase 1 and individuals age 65 and older, individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions, residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing, K-12 educators, child care workers, and school staff.

Clinics are not drive-thru clinics and will be held in the gymnasium at the college. These clinics are wheelchair accessible, with staff available to assist if necessary.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

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Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment Announces Upcoming Vaccine Clinics at Cape Cod Community College on March 16 and 17

Clinics open for registration on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM, the following vaccine clinics will be posted, and will be searchable andOPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at www.maimmunizations.org

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic Dates: Tuesday 3/16 and Wednesday 3/17

Address: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA 02668

Number of doses available at each clinic: 500 (total 1000)

Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer

Directions: seeGoogle Maps

Go to the main entrance at Cape Cod Community College and you will be given further instructions. See a campus map athttps://www.capecod.edu/media/capecodedu/content-assets/documents/campus-map.pdf

These clinics are available for those who meet the following criteria: All those eligible in Phase 1 and individuals age 65 and older, individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions, residents and staff of low income and affordable senior housing, K-12 educators, child care workers and school staff.

These clinics are not drive-thru clinics and will be held in the gymnasium at the college. They are wheelchair accessible with staff available to provide assistance if necessary.

Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Registration Tip: When going to www.maimmunizations.org, scroll down until you see this clinic listed. We advise that youdo not type in the date or any other parameters in the search.

This clinic is organized by Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and is separate from clinics offered by Cape Cod Healthcare.

Barnstable County is a member of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium, comprised of Cape Cod Healthcare, Barnstable County, Cape Cod Delegation, the towns and community health centers of Cape Cod, with support from Cape Cod Community College, which has established a large-scale vaccination site at the Cape Cod Community College gymnasium. Two entities, Cape Cod Healthcare and Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment are operating vaccination clinics at Cape Cod Community College independently of one another as of March 1.

Press Contact:

Sonja Sheasley, Communications Manager | (508) 375-6896 | Sonja.sheasley@barnstablecounty.org

 Barnstable County Health Website & COVID-19 Updates HERE

User Friendly Website to find Vaccine Appointments HERE

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2021

 
On Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM, the following drive-thru vaccine clinics will be published, searchable and
OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at the following address: www.maimmunizations.org
 
Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis
Address: 21 W Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
Clinic Date: Wednesday, February 10
Number of doses available on February 10th: 1,365
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Directions: Enter the Cape Cod Melody Tent Vaccine site from Scudder Ave.
Clinic site on Google Maps: Click HERE
 
Little Creek Parking Area in Eastham
Address: See instructions below.
Clinic Date: Friday, February 12
Number of doses available on February 12th: 375
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Directions: The Little Creek site is located in the “Little Creek Staging Area” also known as the Coast Guard Shuttle Lot on Doane Road in Eastham; part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is across from the Doane Rock Picnic Area (at 520 Doane Rd, Eastham, MA 02642). Coming from the South, turn right off Route 6 at the light in front of the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center onto Nauset Road. Follow Nauset Road and signs to Coast Guard Beach. Turn left into the “Coast Guard Beach parking area” about a mile down the road. You can find the site on Google Maps by searching “Parking for Coast Guard Beach”.
Clinic site on Google Maps: Click HERE

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2021

Massachusetts residents in the 75-and-older group can Call 211 to get live, phone-based assistance securing slots for the vaccine. The call center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F. Staffed with more than 500 representatives including those who speak Spanish and translators for more than 100 other languages.

Listen to February 3, 2021 Briefing Call HERE
View Transcript of Briefing Call HERE

UPDATE 2/1/21: Received from Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO, Director of Public Health Town of Barnstable 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information

During the past fourteen days, a total of 344 new probable and confirmed cases were reported in the Town of Barnstable which calculates to an average of 24.6 cases per day.  The graph below provides the average daily incidence rate, calculated over 14 day time periods.

Since March 19, 2020, a cumulative total of 2,516 residents of the Town have tested positive for COVID-19. In Barnstable County, there have been a total of 8,703 positive cases (cumulatively) and 342 deaths from Coronavirus this year.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported there have been a total of 498,145 positive cases and 14,287 deaths from COVID-19 in the State of Massachusetts this year.  In the United States, 26,188,084 persons contracted the virus and a total of 441,331 persons in the United States diedfrom the virus this year according to data received from the John Hopkins Universitywebsite.

Hospitalizations of patients infected with this virus have decreased during the past few weeks in Barnstable County.  As of yesterday, Cape Cod Healthcare reported thirty-seven (37) positive patients who were/are being treated in their two hospitals (Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital), including ten (10) patients in intensive care units.

The Town of Barnstable Health Division held multiple clinics in January at the Barnstable Adult Community Center (BACC) and at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Community Center for first responders, nurses, and other medical professionals.  However during the past three weeks, the Division has not received any additional requested vaccine due to a State-wide shortage.  Therefore we have not been able to hold any additional vaccination clinics.  The Town of Barnstable Health Division continues to be ready; we will be holding additional vaccination clinics for eligible residents as soon as vaccine becomes available.

To obtain a vaccination, you must be eligible for Phase 1 or for the first Tier of Phase 2 (residents ages 75 and over).   You may check to see if you are eligible to get a vaccine according to the Massachusetts vaccine distribution schedule at:  https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Cape Cod Healthcare and Barnstable County have partnered to open vaccination sites at Barnstable County Fairgrounds and at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.  Barnstable County registration and vaccination information is available at:  https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/

Key officials of the Town continue to meet daily to plan and implement proper actions which are in step with the Governor’s orders and MA DPH guidelines. Health Division staff continue to meet and coordinate daily to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date information to citizens and business owners relative to latest Massachusetts requirements and recommendations.  Health inspectors continue to review applications and issue disposal works construction permits, review building permit applications, witness percolation tests, respond to complaints regarding hazardous wastes, retail stores, food establishments, semi-public swimming pools, hotels, recreational camps, tanning facilities, mobile food units, rental units, and horse stables.  Each complaint is investigated and appropriate action is taken within 24 hours.

During these times of increasing numbers of positive case counts and patient hospitalizations, we strongly urge everyone to follow the State guidelines and to take these basic precautions which include:

  • Wear a face covering while out in public where social distancing is not possible per the Governor’s order.
  • Frequent hand-washing, for 20 seconds with soap.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cough hygiene – into a tissue when possible (throw it away immediately) or into your arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with those who are ill.
  • Stay home yourself from work, school, sports and other activities when ill.
  • Stay home to isolate or quarantine when contacted and required by the Board of Health.

Our Public Health Nurse and team of contract nurses continue to contact those who become infected to ensure they are appropriately isolated and to contact individuals who have come into contact with them to take the required quarantine precautions.

If you should have any questions, call the Town of Barnstable Health Division Office at 508 862 4644.

 UPDATE: This clinic was full at 4:12 PM on 1/29/21 

Barnstable County Regional Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Hyannis is Open for Registration

1/29/21  – Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment opened up registration HERE for a regional drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held on Thursday, February 4 at the Hyannis at the Cape Cod Melody Tent at 21 W Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601. Clinic hours are 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. If this clinic is not visible on the state map at mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap, appointments can be made directly at http://www.maimmunizations.org while available. Those who meet the following criteria are eligible to schedule an appointment for this clinic: 1. Those who meet requirements for Phases 1 and the first tier of Phase 2 (residents are those 75 and over). 2. Those who are living and working on Cape Cod.

Barnstable County Fairgrounds on 02/03/2021

1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth MA, 02630

Vaccinations offered: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Age groups served: Adults Services offered: Vaccination Additional Information: Registration required. Phase 1 and people 75 and older ONLY Clinic Hours : 10:00 am – 03:00 pm Available Appointments : 0 (Register to receive notification of vaccine availability)

Special Instructions: If you are signing up for a second dose, you must get the same vaccine brand as your first dose.

The Barnstable County will open a vaccination registration platform called PrepMod to those who are eligible. Note* You will need to upload front and back of insurance card into the application. Register HERE 1/27/21 NOTE: As of 8am: Due to high demand and constrained vaccine supply, COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are limited. More appointments will be available based on supply from the Federal Government. Appointments will be added on a rolling basis.


Governor Charlie Baker announced Monday January 25, 2021 that the State will be opening 103 public vaccination sites by the end of the week. View Governor’s Video Update HERE The nearest site for residents of Precinct 7 is the Mashpee Wallgreens Drugstore located at 21 South St. Mashpee, MA 02649

Site Type
INDOOR
Instructions at site
APPOINTMENT ONLY
Days of week open
Daily

The state released a map showing where these sites will be located. The map is color-coded, with some sites carrying certain restrictions. Clicking on the map will bring up instructions for each site and, when on line, how to register for a vaccine. Seniors 75 and older can begin registering for a COVID vaccine on Wednesday January 27, 2021  HERE at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. These vaccinations will begin Monday Feb. 1, 2021

Covid-19 Helpline

Beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 8:00 a.m the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment will launch a regionwide helpline (1-774-330-3001) to respond to COVID-19 related questions.

10 Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers have been trained to answer questions about COVID-19, such as how to get a COVID-19 test or how to help someone navigate the three-phased approach to vaccination.

The MRC helpline team can also walk residents through more complex questions, directing them to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments. Volunteers cannot provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis through the helpline. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic, call your health care provider.

Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Director Diana Gaumond said, “Much of the MRC’s mission is to engage our local communities in times of emergency, to strengthen public health and preparedness. This mission includes helping people navigate complex information during this pandemic.”

The helpline will available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-774-330-3001.

Barnstable County wants to ensure residents that a coordinated response is taking place in our region. We remain committed to encouraging all citizens to wear a mask, maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet, and wash hands for at least 20 seconds. For more information, COVID-19 case counts, testing, and vaccine information visit http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.orgor http://www.mass.gov   NEW MASSACHUSETTS RESTRICTIONS: Effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 and for at least two weeks, capacity limits will be lowered to 25 percent for most industries, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25. Per new Gov. Baker orders. View orders HERE Effective December 7, 2020, the Town of Barnstable must revert to step 1 of phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, as outlined in COVID-19 Order 56. The order specifies that a community must revert to step 1 of phase 3 if it is designated in the “red” category for three consecutive Department of Public Health weekly reports.

Center for Disease Control HERE  and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  HERE   The number of reported cases globally in real-time are listed on the John Hopkins University HERE   View Massachusetts interactive map by County HERE

New COVID-19 Test Sites are NOW OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS

 

Book an appointment in advance by calling the Community Testing Line at 508 862-5595!

***Anyone who arrives at a test site without an appointment will be turned away. Be sure to schedule your appointment today!***

Hours of operation and location for each of the testing sites are as follows: Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm  Saturday and Sunday, 8am-noon beginning 12/19/20  Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Falmouth Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday only, 10am-2pm beginning 12/15/20   For non-native English speakers, Spanish and Portuguese translation services will be available at both testing sites. Results are expected within 48 to 72 hours after testing.   Tests are self-administered PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swabs. The Hyannis Fire Department will be on-site at the Melody Tent in Hyannis to assist individuals with the collection of samples; public health volunteers will be on site to assist at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds site in Falmouth. PCR swab tests are currently the most accurate testing method for detecting an active case of COVID-19, but individuals must continue taking steps to mitigate transmission risk even after receiving a negative test result. Individuals arriving at test sites must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, and are strongly encouraged to do so indoors and outdoors when interacting with others who are not in their household. Instructions for symptomatic individuals or those referred for testing by a contact tracer: Individuals who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care physician for an initial screening. If individuals do not have a primary care physician, they must call the Community Testing Line at 508-862-5595 to be screened by a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider by phone. Afterwards, Cape Cod Healthcare will contact screened individuals to schedule an appointment for testing at a selected drive-through testing location. Payment will be processed through insurance for symptomatic individuals or those notified by a contact tracer of known exposure to another person with an active case of COVID-19. Instructions for asymptomatic individuals: These sites were designed in part to offer additional COVID-19 testing capacity for individuals not displaying symptoms of the virus. For individuals who suspect that they may have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been contacted by a contact tracer or for those who are taking additional steps to monitor their health, individuals pay an out-of-pocket fee of $75 to receive a test. No one will be denied a test in the event that they are unable to pay. Tests are $110 for those traveling from outside of Massachusetts and receiving this test to comply with state requirements upon return. *** These Cape Cod testing sites are supported by funds secured by the Cape and Islands legislative delegation and contributions by Barnstable County and Cape Cod Healthcare. Although all involved wish all testing at these sites for asymptomatic individuals was free, fees for asymptomatic individuals must be charged to ensure the limited funds sustaining these sites do not deplete rapidly. The aim is to sustain this testing program for the next four to six months. Through the efforts of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, Barnstable County Government, the Cape and Islands legislative delegation, and Cape Cod Healthcare, these sites are able to offer COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals at 50% below the regional market rate. The Cape and Islands legislative delegation continues to urge the Baker-Polito administration to establish at least one “Stop the Spread” testing site on Cape Cod that provides free for all individuals regardless of symptoms and operates in a manner similar to those in all other parts the Commonwealth. As of this week, the closest site of this kind to Hyannis is in New Bedford.

 

 

December 11, 2020 – FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine

December 9, 2020 – Governor’s Office Plans for Vaccine Distribution

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced allocation and distribution plans for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Massachusetts set to begin around December 15. The state’s first shipment of 59,475 doses of the Pfizer vaccine was ordered from the federal government this past Friday and will be delivered directly to 21 hospitals across 8 counties, as well as to the Department of Public Health Immunization lab.
Doses will then be redistributed for access to 74 hospitals across all 14 counties for front line medical workers. The next 40,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine will be allocated to the Federal Pharmacy Program to begin vaccinating staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities, rest homes and assisted living residences.

Vaccine is being prioritized for these groups to maximize life preservation and to support the health care system. Based on information at this time, Massachusetts is expecting 300,000 first doses of the vaccine to be delivered by the end of December. The first vaccines, manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer, will require two doses administered 3-4 weeks apart. Click here to view the administration’s vaccine website: www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine While all delivery dates and quantities are subject to change due to ongoing federal approval and allocation, the Administration plans to receive and distribute over 2 million doses to priority population groups by the end of March. In collaboration with the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, the Administration designated groups of medical workers, first responders and residents most at risk for serious illness to receive the vaccine before the general population. The Vaccine Advisory Group is made up of leading medical, infectious disease and public health experts as well as representatives from communities of color and representatives of high-risk populations. Communities of color and at-risk populations are prioritized throughout the process to maximize life preservation and to prevent serious complications from COVID related illnesses.

Anticipated Vaccination Phases and Timeline:

Phase One (December 2020-February 2021)

In order of priority:
Clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers doing direct and COVID-facing care
Long term care facilities, rest homes and assisted living facilities
Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services
Congregate care settings (including shelters and corrections)
Home-based healthcare workers
Healthcare workers doing non-COVID facing care
 

Phase Two (February 2021-April 2021)

In order of priority:
Individuals with 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications)
Early education, K-12, transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers
Adults 65+
Individuals with one comorbidity
 

Phase Three (April 2021- ) Vaccine Available to General Public

All residents should visit HERE to learn more or contact their medical provider for questions about their vaccination plans.