Board of Health

Indoor Mask Mandate Update

A local indoor mask mandate that took effect on September 1 at businesses and public buildings will expire on Thursday, December 2.

Board of Health Letter to Cricket 11/22/21

Board of Health Letter on Masking 2021

November 24, 2021


11/24/2021 - Manchester-by-the-Sea Total COVID-19 Positive Cases to Date (updated each Thursday): 315
(Previous week 11/18/21 - 304)
Active Cases on 11/24/2021: 12

MBTS Vaccination Rates as of 11/24/2021: 
MBTS Residents Ages 5 and Up: 79% Fully Vaccinated 
MBTS Residents Ages 5-11: 54% First Dose

The Town continues to closely monitor evolving developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Residents are urged to follow the recommendations regarding good hygiene and personal action issued by the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health. This page will be updated and communicated to the Manchester community as facts change. Please see helpful links from Board of Health and the Town below.

MA Testing Locations

Vaccine Information

The Town of Manchester has joined the Cape Ann Regional Vaccine Collaborative to offer COVID Vaccines to anyone Ages 5+. Dates will be added on a rolling basis. Registration is encouraged but walk ins are welcome. Learn more about the program here.

Regional Clinic Locations:
Ipswich – Our Lady of Hope Parish, 1 Pineswamp Road. Register here. (Mondays)
Essex - Essex Library, 30 Martin Street. Register here. (Thursdays)
Rockport - Rockport Community Center, 58 Boradway Street. Register here. (Saturdays)
Topsfield - Topsfield Town Hall, 8 West Common Street. Register here. (Thursdays)
Hamilton - Hamilton Wenham Senior Center, 299 Bay Road. (Wednesdays for 12+).

New Clinics Added!
Essex - Pediatric Pfizer clinic - Fridays from 3pm-5pm at the Essex Town Hall Auditorium. Register here.
Hamilton - Pediatric Pfizer clinic - Saturdays from 2pm-5pm at the Hamilton Senior Center, 299 Bay Road, Hamilton. A movie will be shown, therapy dogs will be on hand, lollipop treats given at the end of the wait period. Closed Dec 25th, but open every other Saturday through January 2022. Register here.
Ipswich - Pediatric AND Adult Pfizer clinic on Mondays from 1pm-6pm at Our Lady of Hope Parish Church. Register here.

Am I eligible for a booster shot? Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 boosters are available to anyone ages 18 and older. You’re eligible for a booster if:

Pfizer & Moderna: It’s been at least 6 months since your second dose
Johnson & Johnson: It’s been at least 2 months since your first dose  

You can mix and match vaccines. You do not need to get the same vaccine brand for your booster as your original COVID-19 vaccination. Use VaxFinder to find a pharmacy or other location to get your booster.

More Booster Information

We are urging Massachusetts residents who have questions about whether a booster or third dose of vaccine is recommended for them to contact their medical provider to discuss these recommendations.

Here are some suggestions on how you can be prepared at this time:

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: Practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Tips:

  • Dirty surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Productspdf
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

The information above has been provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control 

Massachusetts Homebound Vaccine Program

The Commonwealth is working with local Boards of Health and developed a statewide program to offer in-home vaccinations for homebound individuals who cannot leave their home to get to a vaccination site for any reason.

Eligible Manchester residents should call 1-833-983-0485 Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to be screened for an in-home appointment. More Information


2021 Mosquito Control Plan

Opt Out of Spraying-
2021 Mosquito Control Plan

Beach Water Testing 

All bathing beaches are tested weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

State bathing beach water quality testing requirements are as follows: 
- Single Count Bacteria Test – must be under 104
- A geomean average (of last 5 tests) – must be under 35

Please contact the Board of Health Office with questions. 

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