After a rise in cases for the prior three weeks, Watertown’s COVID-19 cases dropped in the most recent Mass. Department of Public Health report, but the Town had two more deaths. Vaccinations are open to everyone age 16 and older.
Watertown had 78 cases over the prior 14 days, according to the Mass. DPH report of April 16. This is down 15 from the previous week’s report. The Town’s positive test rate also dropped from 1.72 percent to 1.51 percent.
The Town has 35 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Town Manager’s Coronavirus Update, two more than two weeks ago.
The Town of Watertown is offering one free COVID-19 test to Watertown residents. The tests by appointment only. People do not need a medical referral and do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is required to receive a test.
Testing will be held inside the Commander’s Mansion, 440 Talcott Ave., on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, April 20 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 21 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 27 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 28 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
In order to obtain an appointment a Watertown resident must pre-register by clicking on the following link:
Massachusetts has opened vaccination eligibility to all residents age 16 and over. To preregister to get an appointment for a vaccine shot at one of the state’s Mass Vaccination sites when you become eligible, click here. See other options for vaccinations, including pharmacies, by clicking here.
More than half the Town is at least partially vaccinated. Watertown has 10,365 vaccinated residents, which is 31 percent of the Town, and 7,031 people (21 percent) have been partially vaccinated. Massachusetts has fully vaccinated more than 2 million people, and 3 million total have received the first shot of the two-dose vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), according to the April 19 report from the MassDPH.
Due to the suspension of use of the Johnson & Johnston vaccine, the Watertown Health Department will be putting a pause on vaccinations of homebound residents. The Town has vaccinated 73 such residents.
Veterans can get vaccinated through the Bedford or Boston VA Health Care System. Bedford VA Health Care system is accepting Veterans regardless of enrollment, as well as spouses and caregivers. Veterans should call the Bedford Campus: 781-687-2275 to apply for VA Health Care if they are not already enrolled. Eligible recipients can call 781-687-4000 to schedule their vaccination appointment.
Boston VA Health Care system is accepting Veterans regardless of enrollment, as well as spouses and caregivers. Eligible recipients can call 857-203-3919 to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at VA Boston’s Brockton, Jamaica Plain or Brockton campuses. Veterans should contact their local VA eligibility office to apply for VA benefits if they are not already enrolled in the health care system. Here are the phone numbers for all local VA hospital eligibility offices: Brockton Campus: 774-826-2515 or 774-826-2513 Jamaica Plain Campus: 857-364-5269 West Roxbury Campus: 857-203-5463 or 857-203-3167.