COVID-19 Vaccine Information
All Massachusetts residents age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 19, 2021.
Pre-register for a COVID-19 Appointment
Massachusetts residents can sign-up to be notified when it's their turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination or regional collaborative site in the state.
Pre-register at Mass.gov
Schedule a Vaccine Appointment
Helpful resources to find and schedule a vaccine appointment:
- Vaxfinder.mass.gov lists vaccine clinics available in Barnstable County and across the state.
- Barnstable County Clinics are published on maimmunizations.org every Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
- Residents 75 and older who are unable to access the internet or use the state vaccine website can call the state's dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Line by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting the prompt for "Help Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment.” The line is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with live phone support available in English and Spanish, and 100 additional languages will be available through translators.
- Contact the Barnstable County COVID-19 Helpline at 774-330-3001 for questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, testing sites, general COVID-19 information and more. This line is staffed by Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the County has listed the most commonly asked questions that have been received on this helpline and the corresponding answers on their Vaccine Q&A page.
Cape Cod Regional Vaccine Consortium
Cape Cod Healthcare, as part of the Cape Cod Regional vaccine Consortium (which also includes Barnstable County, Cape Cod Delegation, local towns and community health centers, with support from Cape Cod Community College) continues to focus on delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to the most vulnerable residents of Cape Cod based on patients that have been previously identified by the consortium or within our health system records. Those who have been identified for vaccination will be contacted directly by Cape Cod Healthcare. All Cape Cod-based vaccine plans are dependent on vaccine supply from the state at this time.
Preparing for a Vaccination
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about preparing for your COVID-19 vaccination, including information about the different types of COVID-19 vaccines and how they work. Additionally, get tips on possible side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Guidance for People Once Fully Vaccinated
According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated at:
- two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
- two weeks after the single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Even after being fully vaccinated, people should continue to take precautions in public places, including:
- wearing a mask
- staying six (6) feet apart from others
- avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
Learn more about CDC guidelines once fully vaccinated, including what you can and shouldn’t do when visiting others and traveling.
Additional guidance is available at Mass.gov, including the latest state orders on participating in large gatherings, like weddings and concerts.