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FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

April 26, 2021 – Following a thorough safety review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.

FDA and CDC have determined the following:

— Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.

— Available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.

— At this time, the available data suggest that the chance of thrombosis-thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.

Barnstable County will resume its use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, effective immediately. Planning and scheduling of upcoming Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinics will take place over the next few weeks. More details to follow.

Please visit Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC.

April 27, 2021 - Latest Updates on Reopening Phases, Mask Orders and more...
April 1, 2021 - Get a FREE COVID-19 Test

Did you know that Barnstable County offers FREE COVID-19 testing at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Fridays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM? Call to make and appointment 774-330-3002 – or take 1 minute and schedule online at 

March 16, 2021 - P.1 COVID-19 Variant Detected in Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Today Mass DPH announced that the first case of the P.1 COVID-19 variant of concern, which originated in Brazil, was detected in Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Remember the best defense against variants of concern is to prevent the spread of COVID.

March 3, 2021 - About the Cape Cod COVID-19 Vaccine Consortium

Cape Cod Healthcare, Barnstable County, Cape Cod Delegation, the towns and community health centers, with support from Cape Cod Community College, is focused on delivering vaccine to our most vulnerable residents. CLICK HERE to learn more.

February 25, 2021 - Reopening Plan Update

On February 25, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts would advance to Step 2 of Phase III of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and also announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22. With public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, including drops in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations, and vaccination rates continuing to increase, the Administration is taking steps to continue to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy.

See New Vaccine Site Search Tool launched an all-new vaccine appointment search tool that makes it easy to see which vaccination sites have availability. Try it out at

Do you have a COVID-19-related question and want to talk with someone?

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, we launched our new COVID-19 Help Line: (774) 330-3001. Callers are able to speak with Medical Reserve Corps volunteers Monday through Friday, 8am–4:30pm to get answers to questions regarding COVID-19 general info., testing sites, vaccine rollout information and more. Read the press release HERE>>.

Sign Up for AlertsMA

SIGN UP AlertsMA for Residents is a tool the Commonwealth of MA is using to communicate with residents about #COVID-19 and other community info. Choose how you want to be notified – by phone call, text, email or mobile app in your preferred language.

Are you a U.S. Veteran in the VA System?

Are you a U.S. Veteran receiving VA benefits? Veterans Affairs is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans. The VA is reaching out to veterans directly and prioritizing contact based on the veteran’s level of risk for infection.  If you are a veteran receiving VA benefits, and you feel the VA might not have your current contact information due to a recent move, please call the VA Patient Call Center at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).