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Brewster Select Board and Town Administrator Join Cape Officials Urging State to Allocate More COVID-19 Vaccine to Barnstable County

February 12, 2021

The Honorable Charlie Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts State House, Room 360
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Baker,

We write with urgency and alarm regarding the inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to municipalities within Barnstable County. As elected and appointed officials at the state, municipal, and county level, we can tell you that the situation on the ground is untenable and must change.

Cape Cod may be Massachusetts’ most distinctive peninsula, but it is also the oldest county by age in the Commonwealth and the oldest county in New England. According to the 2019 American Community Survey data for Barnstable County, 13% of our population is aged 75 and older (27,666 residents), and nearly 17% is aged 65 to 74 (35,915 residents) – percentages more than twice that of the rest of the state. Since you extended vaccination into Phase 2, our shared constituents over the age of 75 have had to navigate a vaccination registration process where the fittest and most tech savvy get access to a vaccine and those more vulnerable are left out. A difficult to decipher website and a well-intentioned but overburdened 2-1-1 call system may work when vaccines are available in your community, but when the burden of scheduling a vaccination includes having to find transportation to a site over an hour's drive away, it becomes an immense hardship.

Demand for the vaccine and reliable information about accessing the vaccine on Cape Cod is very high. A hotline established by Barnstable County has received over 22,000 calls since its inception on January 19th. On February 3, the Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force hosted a tele-town hall, where over 13,000 unique dials stayed on an hour-long call. Each of us have received hundreds of emails and calls with urgent pleas for help from constituents who cannot drive to Gillette Stadium or Dartmouth, who do not have access to internet or a computer, and/or who do not have friends and family nearby who are able to help arrange an appointment or help with transportation.

To date, approximately 22,000 doses of vaccine have been provided to Barnstable County, Cape Cod Healthcare, community health centers, and two municipalities. While 11.7% of Barnstable County residents have received the first dose of the vaccination, we worry this does not capture how many more adults over 75 there are in our communities. We will need 55,000 doses to vaccinate all Cape Codders aged 75 and older, assuming use of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. This is a steep challenge, especially given the Commonwealth’s focus on an off-Cape mass vaccination program.

We urgently request your swift action on the following:

  • Establish a mass vaccination site at Cape Cod Community College, as discussed but never executed by your Administration. We are disappointed in your decision to forgo a state funded mass vaccination site on Cape Cod and urge reconsideration.
  • An increased allocation of vaccine to Barnstable County. The County has executed regional vaccine clinics in Eastham, Falmouth, Hyannis, and Orleans to date, with plans for a site in Truro in two weeks. However the County is only receiving 975 doses a week, although it is currently the only provider of large scale vaccination in the region. To execute these vaccination sites in a predictable way, the County needs a consistent and predictable supply of vaccine.
  • Delivery of vaccine to a consortium of local boards of health in Barnstable County. Local boards of health have coordinated with Councils on Aging, police, fire, and other departments in their respective towns to identify the most vulnerable older adults, and are doing so across town boundaries. Municipalities are working with Cape Cod Healthcare, community health centers, and Barnstable County to execute a plan to reach homebound and vulnerable older adults who are not able to access the current vaccine scheme. This consortium is prepared to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents, but we need vaccine to do so.

In the most significant vaccination effort in Massachusetts history, Cape Codders are being left behind. We have worked deliberately and collaboratively as a region to plan to provide vaccination to our residents. We simply need the state to allocate vaccine equitably based on demography. Please help us help ourselves.

Respectfully,
 

Julian Cyr
State Senator
Cape & Islands District

Sarah K. Peake
State Representative
4th Barnstable District

Timothy R. Whelan
State Representative
1st Barnstable District

Susan L. Moran
State Senator
Plymouth & Barnstable District

David T. Vieira
State Representative
3rd Barnstable District

Steven G. Xiarhos
State Representative
5th Barnstable District

Kip Diggs
State Representative
2nd Barnstable District

Dylan Fernandes
State Representative
Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket District

Peter Lombardi
Town Administrator
Town of Brewster

Rodney C. Collins
Town Manager
Town of Mashpee

Jill R. Goldsmith
Town Manager
Town of Chatham

Charles Sumner
Town Manager
Town of Provincetown

Julian M. Suso
Town Manager
Town of Falmouth

Jacqueline Beebe
Town Administrator
Town of Eastham

George Dunham
Town Manager
Town of Sandwich

Darrin K. Tangeman
Town Manager
Town of Truro

Tony Schiavi
Town Administrator
Town of Bourne

Matthew Levesque
Town Council President
Town of Barnstable

Paula Schnepp
Town Council Vice President
Town of Barnstable

Debra Dagwan
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Eric R. Steinhilber
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Jen Cullum
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Tracy Shaughnessy
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Nikolas Atsalis
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Jessica Rapp Grassetti
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Kristine Clark
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Gordon Starr
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Paul Neary
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

David W. Bogan
Town Councilor
Town of Barnstable

Judith Froman
Select Board Chair
Town of Bourne

James L. Potter
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Bourne

Peter Meier
Select Board Member
Town of Bourne

George Slade
Select Board Member
Town of Bourne
Bourne Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Dr. Mary Chaffee
Select Board Chair
Town of Brewster
Deputy Speaker
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Dave Whitney
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Cindy Bingham
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Benjamin deRuyter
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Ned Chatelain
Select Board Member
Town of Brewster

Shareen Davis
Select Board Chair
Town of Chatham

Peter K. Cocolis
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Chatham

Cory Metters
Select Board Clerk
Town of Chatham

Jeffrey S. Dykens
Select Board Member
Town of Chatham

Dean P. Nicastro
Select Board Member
Town of Chatham

Christopher Flanagan
Select Board Chair
Town of Dennis

John W. Terrio
Select Board Vice Chair
Town of Dennis

Christopher Lambton
Select Board Member
Town of Dennis

Paul R. McCormick
Select Board Member
Town of Dennis

Jamie Demetri
Select Board Chair
Town of Eastham

Aimee Eckman
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Alexander Cestaro
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Arthur Autorino
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Jared K. Collins
Select Board Member
Town of Eastham

Megan English-Braga
Select Board Chair
Town of Falmouth

Nancy Robbins Taylor
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Douglas Brown
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth
Falmouth Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Douglas H. Jones
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Samuel Patterson
Select Board Member
Town of Falmouth

Larry Ballantine
Select Board Chair
Town of Harwich

Steve Ford
Select Board Member
Town of Harwich

Ed McManus
Select Board Member
Town of Harwich

John Cotton
Select Board Chair
Town of Mashpee
Mashpee Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Thomas F. O’Hara
Select Board Chair
Town of Mashpee

Andrew Gottlieb
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

Carol A. Sherman
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

David Weeden
Select Board Member
Town of Mashpee

Kevin Galligan
Select Board Chair
Town of Orleans

Cecil E. Newcomb III
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

Mefford Runyon
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

Andrea Reed
Select Board Member
Town of Orleans

David Abramson
Select Board Chair
Town of Provincetown

Louise Venden
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

Lise King
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

John Golden
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

Robert Anthony
Select Board Member
Town of Provincetown

David J. Sampson
Select Board Member
Town of Sandwich

Charles M. Holden
Select Board Member
Town of Sandwich

Robert Weinstein
Select Board Chair
Town of Truro

Kristen Reed
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Susan Areson
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Janet Worthington
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Stephanie Rein
Select Board Member
Town of Truro

Janet Reinhart
Select Board Chair
Town of Wellfleet

Helen Miranda Wilson
Select Board Member
Town of Wellfleet
County Commissioner Barnstable County

Mark R. Forest
Select Board Chair
Town of Yarmouth

Tracy Post
Select Board Member
Town of Yarmouth

Ron Bergstrom
County Commissioner
Barnstable County

Sheila Lyons
County Commissioner
Barnstable County

David Dunford
Orleans Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Randi Potash
Chatham Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Susan Warner
Yarmouth Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Brian O’Malley
Provincetown Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates

Elizabeth Harder
Harwich Assembly Delegate
Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates