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COVID-19 Updates & Vaccine Information

If you are ill and believe you may have COVID-19, call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.


COVID-19 Updates & Vaccine Information

Schedule Your Appointment

When scheduling your first vaccine appointment, please ensure that you will be available 3-4 weeks later to receive your second vaccine dose. As of now, we must schedule your second vaccine appointment 3-4 weeks after your first shot per guidance from the vaccine manufacturer. We also cannot guarantee that a second dose will be available for you because others who received their first dose will be in line for their second dose appointment. If you know you will not be available or are uncertain, please do not schedule a vaccine appointment at this time. Thank you for your cooperation.

On Saturday, April 17 at 8 am, new appointments will become available for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • Wednesday, April 21

On Monday, April 19 at 5 pm, new appointments will become available for the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 22
  • Friday, April 23
  • Saturday, April 24

Due to vaccine supply constraints, very limited dose 1 vaccine appointments will become available Saturday morning. We are hopeful that we will receive a greater supply in the coming weeks.

If you need assistance, please call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.

If you would like to search for vaccine appointments at other sites, please visit the state website.
To preregister for a vaccine appointment at a mass vaccination site, please complete the state’s preregistration form.

Prepare for Your Appointment

Please be on time for your appointment. We have limited space at the hospital, so we ask you not to show up too early and not late. We appreciate your cooperation.

We will ask when you get to the hospital (to receive your vaccine) to follow certain safety protocols – which are mandatory.

We do so to protect not only you but our staff and others in the hospital.

  • Everyone must wear an approved hospital mask when in the hospital. The mask or face covering someone brings with them is not acceptable per our safety protocols.
  • There will be a screening process when you arrive which includes a few questions, such as are you feeling well today, and do you have a cough, for example.
  • You will be asked to sanitize your hands when you arrive.

Thank you for your help following these simple steps to keep everyone safe.

We ask for everyone’s patience in the process. We know that everyone is eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is committed to getting all the community vaccinated as soon as possible. We are dependent on the supply we receive and we must follow state guidelines. 

For answers to frequently asked questions- including questions about allergies, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and immunocompromised individuals- please visit the Mass General Brigham Vaccine Information page.

  • All of Phase 1, per state guidelines
  • Adults 55 years and older
  • Individuals, age 18 or older, with 1 or more certain medical conditions (comorbidities) (The list of state-designated medical conditions is below)
    • 16, 17-year-olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine per the FDA Emergency Use Authorization(EUA)
  • Adults who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing
    • Island Elderly Housing will receive their vaccines from the CVS vaccination program
  • K-12 Educators (Public and Non-Public)
  • K-12 School Staff (Public and Non-Public)
  • Child Care Workers
  • Certain Workers (The list of state-designated certain workers is below)

If your group is not specifically listed in either Phase 1 or Phase 2, you will be eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 3, which will launch on April 19, 2021.

Scheduling for Phase 3 will begin on Saturday, April 17th at 8 am.

List of State-Designated Certain Medical Conditions

State-Designated Certain Medical Conditions – State Requirement is to have 1 of the following to be eligible for vaccination:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity (body mass index (BMI) > 25 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders

List of State-Designated Certain Workers

Workers in the following categories are eligible for the vaccine as of March 22nd:

  • Restaurant or cafe workers
  • Food, meatpacking, beverage, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, or food service workers
  • Grocery and convenience store workers
  • Food pantry workers or volunteers
  • Transit/transportation workers
  • Public works, water, wastewater, or utility workers
  • Sanitation workers
  • Public health workers
  • Court system workers (judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks), other than court officers who are listed under first responders
  • Funeral directors and funeral workers

Additional worker categories and definitions/ examples available at Mass.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

*The totals include Phase 1 in the state’s plan (hospital workers, first responders, community healthcare workers), those who are 65 years and older, those with 2 or more certain medical conditions, those who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing, K-12 Educators, K-12 School Staff, Child Care Workers, and Certain Workers who have been vaccinated at MVH.

First dose vaccinations today
Total first dose vaccinations
Second dose vaccinations today
Total second dose vaccinations

As of April 10, 2021, at 5:00 pm

From the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

Thursday, April 8th

In Dukes County:

  • Percentage of Individuals with at Least One Dose Administered: 44%
  • Percentage of Individuals Fully Vaccinated: 35%

COVID-19 Testing Numbers at Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Total number of patients tested for COVID-19 at MVH
Total positive tests
Yesterday's total positive tests
Total negative tests
Pending tests
Current COVID positive hospitalizations at MVH

As of April 12, 2021, at 3:00 pm

Visiting Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Visiting Our Facility

The safety of our patients, staff, and community is very important to us. Please read our visitor policy before arriving at our facility.

Types of visitors

Essential visitors are visitors for patients receiving end-of-life care.

Support persons include birth partners, parents/caregivers of pediatric patients, attorneys of patients, and designated support persons for patients with disabilities.

Essential visitors and support persons do not need to comply with the Massachusetts travel mandate to visit.

Non-essential visitors are all other visitors 18 and older. They must comply with the Massachusetts travel mandate to visit.

For inpatient visitors

Martha's Vineyard Hospital allows one visitor per patient per day. This is for patients not isolated for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the units that are able to meet the requirements below.

For outpatient visitors

At this time, visitors are not allowed in outpatient areas (areas for patients who are not admitted to the hospital, for example, in the emergency room, surgical or procedural rooms, or clinics).

There are very limited exceptions for support persons. One support person is allowed for patients with disabilities and patients under age 18.

Other support persons need to be approved before the appointment. Please call the clinic for approval before the appointment. Note: Clinics will do their best to accommodate support persons but may be limited by physical space or other constraints.

Some reasons that you might want to request a support person are if you:

  • Need help understanding patient instructions.
  • Are getting end-of-life care.
  • Are receiving or anticipating maternity care or are in the process of family planning.
  • Are coming from a correctional facility, and your support person is the corrections officer. 

If you cannot find childcare and need to bring your child under the age of 18 years old with you, the child will need to join you in the exam room. Children must be supervised at all times.

All support persons must meet the requirements below.


Non-essential visitors

  • All non-essential visitors who wish to enter a Mass General Brigham hospital or doctor’s office must comply with the Massachusetts travel order. Please visit Mass.gov for more details.

All visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons

  • All visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons will be screened for symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, or new onset of loss of taste or smell). No individuals with any symptoms are allowed. Visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons with active COVID-19 infection will not be permitted. Visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons on the day of the visit can use the Mass General Brigham Prescreen tool or complete a screening in person.
  • All visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons must wear a hospital-issued mask at all times while in the hospital; non-hospital masks or other personal protective equipment are not permitted. All visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons must perform hand hygiene upon entry to the facility.
  • Visitors (essential and non-essential) and support persons will not be permitted if the visitation poses a significant infection control risk to the patients, visitor, or staff.

Updated 3/3/21

All patients and visitors are screened for symptoms before entering our facilities for the health and safety of all.

For faster entry:

  1. Use our online app at: prescreen.massgeneralbrigham.org.
  2. Answer our screening questions.
  3. Enter our facilities faster using your digital pass.

If you have questions, call the MVH Call Center Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm