Category Health Protection

Somerset’s second large COVID-19 vaccination centre open

This week, The Bath and West Showground will start to vaccinate local residents and frontline heath and care workers from the highest priority groups.  The second large vaccination site in Somerset; will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, as part of an additional wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. Final […]

Taunton Racecourse to deliver Covid vaccines

Taunton racecourse is set to open its doors on Monday 18 January as a new large vaccination centre for Somerset, part of a wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. The large vaccination site will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm to offer the COVID-19 jab to people across Somerset, supporting […]

Brew up and beat the ‘Blue Monday’ blues

Samaritans’ Brew Monday will kick off on 18 January, the third Monday in January, which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. Somerset County Council is supporting the campaign – to raise awareness of the positive things you can do to support your emotional health – by encouraging people to get together over a warming virtual ‘cuppa’, […]

COVID-19 vaccinations to be delivered from three more sites in Somerset

Three more GP-led community sites will start to vaccinate more of the county’s most vulnerable residents over the next few days. These locations, will add to the first four sites announced earlier this week, as part of the developing plan to roll out the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset. The second wave of vaccination sites […]

Food support for families in need this Christmas

A £1million support package is in place to support Somerset families in need with food this winter. Somerset County Council, the District Councils and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group have been busy working with partners to ensure a robust system is in place so that help can be directed where it is needed. Through partnership working, […]

Stay up to date with Clinton Rogers’ weekly Covid Catch Up

Somerset County Council has enlisted the help of former BBC television journalist Clinton Rogers for a new weekly series of informative Covid Catch Up videos. The former BBC Points West correspondent will front the new series which aims to help people understand how Covid-19 is affecting Somerset, and what we can all be doing to […]

Somerset preparing for mass covid vaccinations

Plans are fully underway in Somerset to prepare for a mass Covid-19 vaccination roll out now the Government has authorised the Pfizer vaccination for use across the UK, starting from next week. Somerset County Council is working closely with health colleagues to support the vaccination programme. This includes having hundreds of Council staff on standby […]

Arc’s GP Surgery Launch for local homeless community

Local homeless charity Arc are pleased to announce a new local provision, enabling homeless individuals and rough sleepers to access health care. Arc support around 200 people on any one night across Taunton, Sedgemoor and West Somerset, providing accommodation in their 15 properties. One of these properties is Lindley House, a 56-bed direct access hostel […]

Council urges healthcare workers to get FREE flu jab

All health and social care staff are urged to get their flu vaccination now to protect themselves and the most vulnerable people in our communities this winter. Somerset County Council, along with the Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, warn that with COVID-19 also circulating in communities this winter, catching flu and Coronavirus […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]