COVID-19 vaccine update: A message to the community
Beginning on Monday, February 1, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan which will include individuals 75 years and older, and others who will be eligible for vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout plan on Cape Cod is being overseen by Barnstable County in coordination with local public health departments and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This plan follows state protocols and timing for administering the vaccine and will include several regional vaccination sites which will be located across Cape Cod.
At this time, Cape Cod Healthcare has not been authorized as a designated vaccination site and has not been notified of any large-scale vaccine shipments for vaccination clinics for patients. Additionally, we do not anticipate vaccines will be administered at physician offices due to storage concerns and other important logistical requirements. We have and will, however, continue to partner closely with the County, the legislative delegation, the Department of Health and Human Services and the local public health departments to support and facilitate the vaccination process in every way possible.
Following State Guidelines
Cape Cod Healthcare continues to follow state guidelines for administering the COVID-19 vaccine which is currently limited to vaccinating those in Phase 1 – specifically healthcare workers, first responders and those living in long-term and congregate care settings. To date, Cape Cod Healthcare has administered 4,800 COVID-19 vaccines to Cape Cod Healthcare employees as well as healthcare providers in our community. We are optimistic that Phase 1 is already having a significant impact on our health system and our community in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While we await additional information on the timing and arrival of additional vaccine supply, Cape Cod Healthcare remains committed to providing you with the latest and most trusted information. For more information on COVID-19, please visit our dedicated vaccine resource page.
Barnstable County is also offering a regional helpline available at 1-774-330-3001, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to help answer questions related to the COVID-19 vaccination process. A map displaying locations where residents can receive a COVID-19 is available at: www.mass.gov/COVIDVaccineMap with additional information available at www.barnstablecountyhealth.org.
We thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support in this exceptionally complex and fluid process. We are all committed to getting every member of our community vaccinated as quickly as possible. We will continue to keep you informed.
Michael K. Lauf
President and CEO, Cape Cod Healthcare