Category covid-19

Somerset’s Public Health Director thanks residents ahead of Government’s Winter Plan rollout

Health leaders in Somerset welcome a cautious approach as the Government unveils its plans for tackling Covid-19 during Autumn and Winter, placing an emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, testing and tracing, and individual’s behaviour. From as soon as next week, vaccines will be offered to otherwise healthy 12 – 15-year-olds, via the school immunisation […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Taunton Racecourse vaccination centre to move to Firepool site

More changes are planned in the local roll out of the Somerset COVID vaccination programme next month.  Plans are now in place to move the vaccination centre from the existing location at Taunton Racecourse to a new site at Firepool, in Taunton in early October, after delivering 150,000 Covid jabs. Pre-booked vaccination appointments and walk-ins […]

£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on […]

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at this weekend’s Bath & West Country Festival

If you are planning a visit to the Bath & West Country Festival this bank holiday weekend you can also get your COVID-19 vaccination at a pop-up clinic at this year’s festival. The pop up clinic will run from 9am – 5pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August. It will be at […]

Somerset campaign encourages residents and tourists to ‘Think Twice’ this Summer

Today, Somerset County Council’s Public Health department is launching Phase 2 of its Summer Safety campaign encouraging residents and visitors to commit to keeping our county safe this summer. The campaign, which is in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor, will be launched via the following website:  www.somerset.gov.uk/stay-safe Following the easing of many Covid-19 […]

£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 […]

Unsung heroes of the pandemic presented with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes have been presented with their awards as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal. The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners honoured at a special reception at Taunton […]

Large vaccination site at the Bath and West Showground to move to Haynes Motor Museum after delivering over 75,000 COVID jabs

At the end of this week, more changes will be seen in the Somerset COVID vaccination programme, as the large vaccination site at the Bath and West Showground moves to Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford. The last booked jabs to be offered at the site, will take place on Sunday 1 August. Walk-ins for anyone […]

Free activities in libraries to reflect on Covid

The Somerset Library Service is inviting people to share their experiences of the last sixteen months, to be recorded for future generations to see. As part of ‘Reflections’, a county-wide creative response to the pandemic, libraries will host a series of at free drop-in sessions throughout August, in library buildings and online, with responses via […]