Category Public Health

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 […]

One Million Covid-19 First Vaccine Doses For People In The South West

A ‘major milestone’ has been met today as the number of first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine offered to people in the south west tops one million…

Urgent plea for vulnerable groups to have flu vaccine

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 the effects of catching the flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and […]

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 […]

Express yourself, boost your mood and win

Young people in Somerset can have fun expressing themselves seven different ways over seven days in a boost to improve mental health – and be in with a chance to win a prize as part of Place2be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. Somerset County Council has teamed up with ‘Young Somerset’ to launch the competition to […]

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 […]

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opens in Chard

A brand new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Chard’s Guildhall this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing widely available and accessible across the county. Achieved with the co-operation of Chard Town Council, Somerset Local Authorities and the Department of Health and Social Care, it is hoped the new Local Testing […]

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 […]

Teams prepare to vaccinate care home residents as vaccinations also begin at two further community sites

Teams of vaccinators are preparing to begin vaccinating care home residents and staff between Christmas and New Year. At the same time two more GP-led community sites will begin vaccinating people aged over 80 and health and care staff. Joint senior responsible officer for the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme, Andy Heron said: “I am delighted […]