Health Department Updates
- The Watertown Health Department will be holding 2021-2022 Public Flu Clinics to Watertown residents at the following locations and times.
To register visit:
Senior Center at 31 Marshall Street
- The Watertown Health Department was able to obtain a limited supply of COVID-19 Antigen test kits through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will be able to test some Watertown residents that meet testing requirements.
Due to the limited supplies, we can only test individuals that have one of the COVID-19 symptoms or are identified as a close contact of a positive case. We can also only test each Watertown resident ONCE. Pre registration is required and all test results are subject to the mandated reporting and isolation requirements of the DPH. Testing will continue on a weekly basis as long as supplies are available. All minors must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian. Registration is required.
To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-testing-tickets-167484299047West Nile Virus Risk level for Watertown and surrounding communities has been increased to high - September 10, 2021
- Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Watertown September 2, 2021
- Board Of Health Order on Wearing Face Coverings Indoors effective August 25, 2021
- The 2021 Farmers' Market Season has begun. More information is available at https://livewellwatertown.org/farmersmarket
- The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be on October 16, 2021 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Minuteman Household Hazardous Product Collection Facility at the Lexington Compost Facility at 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 please complete the REQUIRED Pre-Registration Form at least 48 hours in advance.
- Any individual who is eligible for vaccination can visit COVID-19 Vaccine | Mass.gov for more information. Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination locations can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-. If you require assistance in registering or have questions, please call Massachusetts 2-1-1.
The mission of the Watertown Health Department is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and disability, and access and improve the health status of the community. Its divisions include:
- Animal Control
- Board of Health
- Community Health Services
- Community Wellness Programs
- Educational Resources
- Emergency Preparedness
- Tobacco Control
Click the link for the Health Departments latest annual report (PDF)
Duties & Responsibilities
Environmental Health Services consist of mandated and non-mandated inspection programs including, but not limited to: Housing, Body Art, Food Establishments, Odor Noise and Dust, Tanning Establishments, Hazardous Waste Inspection, Lead Paint and Asbestos.
A full-time animal control officer (ACO) provides services for Watertown. The ACO responds to citizens’ complaints and enforces the provisions of the Animal Control Ordinance. The department hosts an annual rabies day for cats and dogs under the auspices of town veterinarian Thomas Cusick, D.V.M.
The Health Department offers a variety of free community health services to its residents such as: Tuberculosis Screening (Mantoux test), Flu & Pneumonia Clinics, Blood Pressure Screening and Health Education.