Hospital opens booster shots for those 18 and older

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nicole jackson

Updated 2:30 pm

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is now offering Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters shots to anyone over the age of 18.

In an email to The Times, communications specialist Marissa Lefebvre said the booster shots are available for anyone who has received a Pfizer or Moderna shot at least six months since their second dose, or anyone who has received a J & J shot at least two months since their first dose.

Appointments can be made using the online scheduling platform at covidvaccine.massgeneralbrigham.org/island.

“We are currently working on increasing the number of available appointments, so please continue to check online,” Lefebvre wrote.

The hospital opened COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 earlier this month, following approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To sign children up, parents or guardians can use the hospital’s online scheduling platform at mvhospital.org, clicking the yellow banner at the top page, and following the prompts.

Meanwhile, the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 last week.

Last week’s cases increased by one from the previous week’s 15 cases after the boards of health removed one case because the individual was not on the Island when they tested positive.

Of the 16 new cases, 12 were reported at the hospital, three at TestMV, and one from another provider. There are 14 cases being tracked by public health officials, one that is not, and one lost to follow-up. There were 13 symptomatic cases, one with no symptoms, and two with an unknown symptom status. There continue to be breakthrough cases, with 11 of the 16 new cases being vaccinated, four unvaccinated, and one with unknown symptoms.

Of the 16 new cases, four are in their 60s, three each in their 50s, 30s, and 20s, two in their 40s, and one under the age of 10.

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