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Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Somerset County Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a letter sent to Council Leader David Fothergill, the Prime Minster also said the Government had no concern about the Council’s use of Covid-19 funding and thanked the council for voluntarily reporting back on spending. The letter […]

Call for People Aged 70 And Over To Contact NHS For A Covid Jab

People living in Somerset who are aged over 70 and haven’t had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or booked a vaccine appointment, can now book at one of our large vaccination centres or pharmacy-led sites through the national booking service.   Health and care teams across the county are working around the clock […]

Council staff joining Somerset’s army of vaccinators

Public health staff from Somerset County Council are rolling up their sleeves – and those of others – to join the army of vaccinators in the county. Jo Smith is the first fully trained Somerset County Council vaccinator, working in the Burnham-on-Sea vaccination site, and is combining her new role with her day job by […]

Food support for families in February half-term

Somerset County Council is continuing to provide food support for families during the upcoming February half-term. The Council has used funding from the Winter Covid Grant Scheme to ensure families with children eligible for Free School Meals will receive food or vouchers during the holiday and has asked schools to help deliver this targeted food […]

£100k boost for Somerset employers

Somerset employers are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 8-14) after benefiting from an initiative that helps them to fund apprenticeship training. Somerset County Council, in partnership with Somerset Skills & Learning, has supported 15 Somerset employers by transferring more than £100,000 of apprenticeship levy funding in the last 12 months. The scheme supports Somerset based […]

Rural mental health support

A team of officers from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards are receiving mental health ‘first aid’ training to improve the support they can offer rural businesses and farmers. The training is part of an initiative aimed at helping officers to recognise the signs of mental illness in order to raise awareness and provide businesses […]

Additional community pharmacy sites to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

This week, two more pharmacies in Somerset, will start to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to those in the highest priority groups as part of a national drive to protect the public from the virus and accelerate the roll out of the local vaccination programme. The new sites include Boots pharmacy, in Taunton who will provide […]

Wellbeing Champion urges students to have their say

Hannah Vile, the new Young Person’s Health and Wellbeing Champion for Somerset, is urging young people from across Somerset to have their say. Hannah, who is excited to be promoting the voice of local students, is heading up a new project aimed at improving outcomes for young people. Hannah is creating a student voice task […]

Please don’t drop your guard once vaccinated

Somerset residents who have received their vaccine jabs are being urged to keep following the “stay safe” guidance. Somerset now has two large vaccination centres in operation, as well as 13 GP-led community sites and two hospital hubs, enabling thousands of vaccinations to be administered. Trudi Grant, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health, said […]

Council’s transport boost for residents with vital vaccination slots

Somerset County Council is joining forces with transport providers to help vulnerable residents get to their Covid vaccination appointments. There are now 18 vaccination sites across Somerset including community based locations, hospital hubs and large vaccination centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath & West Showground. While many older and more vulnerable people will be […]