Category covid-19

Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce reaches major milestone

The Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce has now helped to distribute more than one million items of food since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Resilience Taskforce is funded by Somerset County Council and supplied by a wide range of generous organisations including Fareshare, HiS Church, local supermarkets, Branston Potatoes, Charlie Bigham’s, and many […]

Neighbours, we wish you a merry Christmas

Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to look out for their neighbours and help support them this Christmas.    The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic will mean that many elderly and those living alone could again feel isolated this year. So, it is more important than ever to embrace the Christmas spirit by checking in with your […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director encourages sensible precautions as the Government moves to ‘Plan B’

Health leaders in Somerset are urging everyone to continue taking sensible precautions and follow national guidance as the Government begins to move to ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions.  As we begin to see Omicron spread through regions of the UK, early concerns are being raised about the pressure on NHS services. The focus on vaccination as the primary way we can protect ourselves and our NHS remains clearer than ever, and Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding anyone who is yet to receive […]

Council urges at risk groups to get FREE flu jab

Somerset County Council is urging people with underlying health conditions to take up the free offer of a flu vaccination if they haven’t already. Flu can affect anyone, but for those living with a long-term health condition, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or obesity, the effects of catching the flu can make it […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

Coronavirus Helpline’s 17,000th caller

A dedicated helpline set up to provide a single point of contact for Somerset residents at the start of the coronavirus pandemic has now taken more than 17,000 calls. Somerset’s Coronavirus Helpline was launched in April 2020 by the five Somerset councils (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton […]

Unsung heroes honoured at Chairman’s Awards

Selfless Somerset citizens who have gone the extra mile to support their communities have been recognised for their contributions at the Somerset County Council Chairman’s Awards. The Chairman’s Awards were recently held at Taunton Rugby Club with 16 individuals and four groups presented with certificates and pin-badges by Somerset County Council Acting Chair Councillor Mark […]

Enjoy festive gatherings whilst staying Covid-Safe  

Businesses and residents are urged to enjoy but plan Covid safe Christmas get-togethers this festive season. With Covid rates still high across the County, Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding everyone to think about how they can enjoy the festivities, whilst still taking simple measures to help control the spread of Coronavirus. Everyone […]

Pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics being held across Somerset this weekend

Walk-in clinics are taking place across Somerset this weekend – giving local people more opportunities to get their COVID-19 jabs. Professor Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset County Council, said: “The vaccination remains the best form of defence that we have against covid, and I would urge anyone who is yet to receive […]

10 top tips to stay well this winter

With covid still very much in circulation, it is as important as ever to look after your health this winter.

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging everyone to think ahead and consider others, such as neighbours and close relatives, and put things in place now to protect their health.