COVID-19 Vaccine Information
All Massachusetts residents age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 19, 2021 per Phase 3 of the state's vaccine distribution plan. Cape Cod Healthcare received 6,000 doses the week Phase 3 began and now has appointments available for first dose vaccines which can be self-scheduled online.
How Do I Prepare for my Vaccination at the Cape Cod Hospital Community Vaccine Clinic?
How to prepare for a drive-through vaccine appointment at the CCHC Vaccine Clinic
The Cape Cod Hospital Community Vaccine Clinic is a convenient drive-thru facility located on the grounds of the Melody Tent in Hyannis. Please wear a loose-fitting shirt with short-sleeves to allow access to your arm. Upon receiving the vaccine, you will be guided to drive to an observation area and will receive additional information prior to leaving.
Please note: A 16 or 17 year old must have a parent or legal guardian complete a consent form in order to receive a vaccine. Download the Vaccine Consent Form [PDF] for Individuals Under 18 years of Age.
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. How Do I Schedule a Second Dose through Cape Cod Healthcare?
Individuals who have received a first vaccine dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine through the Cape Cod Hospital Vaccine Clinic will receive a reminder through the MyChart patient portal to schedule their second dose. Upon receiving the first vaccine dose, the second dose will be due in 21 days for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days for the Moderna vaccine. Appointments will become available online the week that a second dose is due.
Sign up for MyChart here to access online scheduling for a second dose.
Individuals without a MyChart account will receive a phone call the week a second dose is due.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine, requiring only one appointment. Additional Vaccine Appointment Resources
Helpful resources to find and schedule a vaccine appointment outside of Cape Cod Healthcare:
Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Mass.gov to be notified of appointment openings at publicly-run vaccine clinics in the state, including Barnstable County clinics.
Vaxfinder.mass.gov lists vaccine clinics available in Barnstable County and across the state. 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.
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.
What guidelines should I follow once I am 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 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 Resources: