Category covid-19

Somerset’s Public Health team urges Spring Booster jab take up

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging older and more vulnerable residents to take up the offer of a free, further Covid-19 booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as part of its latest review of the UK vaccination programme, has recommended an additional spring booster dose for our most vulnerable […]

Second round of funding to boost Somerset business recovery

Businesses in Somerset are being urged to bid for grants to help them recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic.  Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.  These could be organisations that often […]

Top Tips for Staying Healthy this Spring

As the weather becomes brighter, and Covid restrictions turn to guidance, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are sharing some top tips for staying healthy this Spring: Get plenty of fresh air One of the best ways of helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases is to meet up with people […]

Business boost for adult care providers

Businesses in the adult care sector are being supported to recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic thanks to the Somerset County Council Economic Recovery Fund. Somerset County Council is funding the Care Sector Support Programme, which is supporting up to 50 local care sector businesses, providing them with help to identify issues around […]

10 tips to help you give up smoking

No Smoking Day, 9 March, is fast approaching which encourages and supports smokers to quit the habit for good. Somerset County Council is encouraging all smokers to quit and have produced a handy tip list to help people prepare for and get through those early stages of giving up smoking. They also operate a Stop […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]

New Covid testing site in Bridgwater for those with symptoms

Omicron case numbers in the South-West are still very high, so people with symptoms in the Bridgwater area are being urged to use a newly opened PCR testing site in the town. The new walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Old Hospital site, in the Salmon Parade car park, Bridgwater, TA6 5AH has opened for people to […]

Let fresh air in, to keep Covid out!

One of the key ways of helping to reduce Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, spreading in our communities, schools and workplaces is to make sure they are well ventilated. Covid-19 is an airborne disease, which means it is spread through the air, especially in indoor spaces. When infected people breathe out, tiny Covid-19 particles remain […]

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew […]

Changes to Coronavirus testing rules

From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for Coronavirus will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have symptoms of covid-19. However, anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main Covid […]