COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Cape Codders and Islanders

We intend for this page to serve as a resource for Cape Codders and Islanders looking to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. We are aiming to be transparent and share as much information as has been provided to us, with the understanding that decisions around vaccine supply and inventory are made by the federal government and the Baker-Polito Administration. Our goal is to relieve anxiety and instill confidence and hope among residents that they will receive the vaccines as soon as possible.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Briefing for Cape Cod Residents Over 65

On February 3, 2021 the Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force held a phone briefing for Cape Cod residents over 65 on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Speakers included:

Senator Julian Cyr
Mike Lauf, CEO, Cape Cod Healthcare
Dr. Kevin Mulroy, Senior VP, Cape Cod Healthcare
Kevin Cranston, Asst. Commissioner, MA Dept. of Public Health
Ron Bergstrom, Chair, Barnstable County Commissioners
Sean O'Brien, Director, Barnstable County Dept. of Health and Environment
Representative Sarah Peake
Congressman Bill Keating

You can find the most up to date information o COVID-19 Vaccine access on Cape Cod at www.BarnstableCountyHealth.org.

Listen to the Recording of the February 3rd Briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-qoEkb-fVU 

Read a Transcript of the February 3rd Briefing by clicking here

 



Why I Support the Reform, Shift + Build Act

I was proud to vote YES on the Senate’s Reform, Shift + Build Act, Senate Bill 2800 on July 14th. The final text of the bill passed by the Senate is here.

The Reform, Shift and Build Act makes meaningful changes to police practices and will advance a number of key racial justice priorities.

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Senate Introduces Reform, Shift + Build Act

(BOSTON 07/06/2020) The Massachusetts State Senate today unveiled An Act to Reform Police Standards and Shift Resources to Build a More Equitable, Fair and Just Commonwealth that Values Black Lives and Communities of Colorthe Reform, Shift + Build Acta comprehensive racial equity bill designed to increase police accountability, shift the roles of law enforcement away from surveillance and punishment, and begin to dismantle systemic racism. The bill is a direct response to statewide demonstrations for equity and justice, and the result of the work of the Senate’s bipartisan Senate Working Group on Racial Justice, appointed by the Senate President in early June.

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Pride & Resilience

In the second part of our series, I've written about the threads that run through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, Pride Month, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that devastated the LGBTQ community in the 1980s and 1990s. The virus was insidious, difficult to track, and had a disproportionate impact among LGBTQ people, particularly gay men. But gay men weren’t the only one who were sickened and killed by the disease in the face of government inaction.

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Pride & Resistance

This month, I’m using our platform to talk about the history of the queer liberation movement, as well as how the legacy of civil disobedience by LGBTQ activists informs my support of the Black Lives Matter movement. During Pride Month, I am mindful that decades of protest and civil disobedience have yet to yield the same results for black and brown Americans, LGBTQ or otherwise. It’s often said that history doesn't repeat itself — it rhymes. In telling the stanza most familiar to me, I hope you'll see how the movement for LGBTQ equity bleeds into the one playing out today, and further understand the role that white supremacy has played in realizing a different outcome for black and brown Americans for decades. 

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Black Lives Matter Events

So many of you wrote to us in response to our monthly newsletter with deep concern for black lives in our community and around the country. The video of George Floyd's death is a stark departure from the America some of us we thought we knew, and many of you wrote looking for steps we could take to raise our voices and act up and raise our voices in our own backyard. A groundswell of grassroots activity gave way to several successful actions this week, and we wanted to alert you to a few more.


If you choose to attend, please take great care to practice social distancing and cover your face and nose. The onslaught of crises this spring has already taken so many lives, and it is our responsibility to take every precaution necessary to take care of each other and heal, in spite of our shared grief.

 


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STATEMENT FROM CAPE COD REOPENING TASK FORCE REGARDING UPDATED GUIDANCE TO SEASONAL RESIDENTS & VISITORS TO CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET, AND GOSNOLD

PLEASE NOTE: THE SEASONAL RESIDENT AND VISITOR GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED. SEE THE NEW VERSION UPDATED AS OF 6/30/2020 AT WWW.SENATORCYR.COM/REOPENING

(CAPE COD) — Today, region-wide stakeholders, including the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, released updated guidance to seasonal residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Gosnold, effective through Phase 1 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ reopening, which is expected to last into June. Guidance is available in English below; updated versions in Spanish and Portuguese editions are forthcoming. 

“Even in the context of a summer that will look very different from years past, we welcome, appreciate, and depend on our seasonal residents and visitors as members of our own community” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) Public Information Officer for the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force.  “It is imperative that each of us take responsibility for our own role in containing the spread of the virus as we look to reopen. In practice, this means wearing face covering when necessary, washing hands and surfaces often, keeping appropriate levels of distance, and staying vigilant for symptoms. Adherence to public health guidelines will determine the pace at which we can reopen and resume our regional tourism economy as it was in years past.”  

The guidance was developed with collaboration with the Baker-Polito Administration, regional health care providers, the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Chambers of Commerce, members of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, the Cape & Islands Legislative Delegation, and a coalition of county and municipal government leaders in the region.

 


Answering the Call

As we have grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth has been in a state of shutdown. If we are to reopen and trudge back to some sense of normal, we need to do so with an eye towards containing this virus and using test capabilities where it makes the most sense. That's why the Commonwealth set up a contact tracing partnership. Learning about contact tracing and working diligently with the partners is your opportunity to protect yourself and the people that you love.

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