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COVID-19 Updates & Vaccine Information

Martha's Vineyard Hospital is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be providing updates on testing, confirmed cases, and vaccinations on Martha's Vineyard.


COVID-19 Updates & Vaccine Information

The hospital, per state guidance and availability of vaccine supply, has opened appointments to eligible:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Individuals, age 18 or older, with 2 certain medical conditions (comorbidities). The list of state-designated comorbidities is below
    • (16, 17 year olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine per the FDA Emergency Use Authorization(EUA)- further information to come)
  • 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

The hospital, per state guidance and availability of vaccine supply, will open appointments to eligible:

  • K-12 Educators (Public and Non-Public)
  • K-12 School Staff (Public and Non-Public)
  • Child Care Workers

On Monday, March 8, this group can use our online scheduling tool to book vaccine appointments as the first appointments available will be for Thursday, March 11.

Schedule Your Appointment

All available COVID-19 vaccine appointments for next week have been filled.

If you are now eligible for the vaccine but were unable to schedule an appointment for this week, we thank you for your patience. Please note that going forward, new appointments will open twice a week- Mondays at 5 pm and Saturdays at 8 am.

This Saturday, March 6, MVH will not schedule any new appointments because they have been filled already. The next time to schedule a vaccine appointment will be Monday, March 8 at 5 pm.

On Monday, March 8 at 5 pm, new appointments will become available for the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 11
  • Friday, March 12
  • Saturday, March 13

On Saturday, March 13 at 8 am, new appointments will become available for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, March 17

Troubleshooting Tips:

If you use Patient Gateway, please have your login credentials ready.
If you need assistance, please call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.

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.

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 suspect it could take several weeks to vaccinate this latest group of eligible community members.

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. 

While we wait for more community members to be vaccinated it is important that we continue to follow all precautions – to wear a mask (indoors and outdoors), to socially distance – even if you or someone you know has been vaccinated – and to wash your hands frequently.

List of State-Designated Comorbidities

State-Designated Certain Medical Conditions – State Requirement is to have 2 of the following:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

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, and those who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing who have been vaccinated at MVH.

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

As of March 4, 2021, at 5:00 pm

If you are ill and believe you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider. You will be screened over the phone to determine if you reach the necessary criteria for testing.

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 March 4, 2021, at 3:00 pm

Patient and Visitor Information During COVID-19

Updated November 17, 2020

To continue to keep you, our patients, and our staff safe during the ongoing COVID pandemic, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has updated the hospital’s Visitor Policy. We recognize this is a stressful time for you and your family and we appreciate your help and understanding.

If you would like to visit an inpatient, we recommend that you call the inpatient unit at 508-957-9360 prior to visiting to make sure it is a good time to visit.

Applicable to All Areas

  1. To protect the safety of everyone, one asymptomatic visitor over the age of 18 is allowed within the hospital at a time. Exceptions include:
    • At the discretion of leadership, a child under the age of 18 may be allowed to visit a parent who is a patient.
    • No more than two visitors at a time are allowed for patients at the end-of-life.
  2. Those waiting to visit or escort a patient are asked, whenever possible, to wait outside the hospital as visitor waiting areas remain closed.
  3. Visitation may be prohibited on a case-by-case basis if visitation poses a significant infection control risk to patients, visitors or staff.
  4. Some areas will have more restrictive guidelines as outlined in subsequent sections of this policy.
  5. Any exceptions to this policy or circumstances not included in this policy must be approved by local Infection Control or their designee.

Screening of Visitors

Visitors/escorts will be screened for the following:

  1. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 per current MGB guidance.
  2. Confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit if they have any of the following:

  1. Any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or
  2. Positive test for COVID-19 in the prior 14 days without ≥ 2 tests documenting clearance of infection
  3. If they have traveled in the past 14 days to any area subject to the MA COVID-19 Travel Order and cannot attest to compliance with the MA COVID-19 Travel Order. Note: Essential visitors as defined above are exempted from these requirements by the MA COVID-19 Travel Order.

Visitor Expectations

  1. All visitors must wear their mask throughout their visit to the facility per Universal Mask Policy. Additional personal protective equipment will be provided as per specific instructions below as indicated. a. Vendors, contractors, emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement personnel must comply with the Universal Mask Policy.
  2. All visitors must perform hand hygiene before and after visiting a patient.
  3. Visitors must remain within the patient room for the entirety of their visit.
    • Inpatient unit lounges remain closed to visitors.
    • Because of the need to remove one’s mask, visitors should not eat or drink in the patient’s room.
  4. Visitors are not allowed in the cafeteria, gift shop or other common areas of the hospital.
  5. Visitors must exit the hospital directly and expeditiously upon leaving the patient’s room.
  6. Duration and timing of the visit is based on the patient’s clinical needs. patient’s requests or other restrictions as outlined in this policy.
  7. Respectful behavior is expected of all. Discriminatory or culturally insensitive language or behavior that is verbally or physically threatening is not tolerated.

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.

For the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff, we have designated entrances for patients and visitors to use depending on the location of their appointment. Please refer to the map below for a department by department guide to which entrance patients and visitors should use. The entrances on site will be labeled with corresponding numbers and colors as depicted below.

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