Health Department Updates
Please be advised that the Board of Health has voted to rescind its Indoor Mask Mandate that was implemented on August 25, effective October 21, 2021. Watertown is now at moderate risk in Middlesex County. However, if positive cases begin to rise this will be reevaluated by the Board of Health.
- The Watertown Health Department will be holding 2021-2022 Public Flu Clinics to Watertown residents at the following locations and times. To register visit:
- 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. Registration is required. To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-testing-tickets-167484299047 West 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
- The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be on November 6, 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.