Monthly Archives: January 2021

Please don’t drop your guard once vaccinated

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 the NHS and partners had worked round the clock to get the centres up and running – but warned the virus risk was still high.

“It’s vitally important that people who have had the jab continue to remember ‘Hands, Face, Space.’

“While there are many things that we are still discovering about Covid-19, one thing that we know for certain is that it can be destroyed with simple soap and hot water. That’s the reason that the ‘hands’ part of the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message is such an important part of our ‘toolkit’ for tackling the virus and preventing its spread.”

The golden rules are: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water; wear a face covering when required and keeping a social distance of at least two metres.

This short NHS video https://youtu.be/050jr4qyEzA

features Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of Immunisation and Countermeasures Department and the National Immunisation Programme.  She explains that although the vaccines show extremely good protection, no vaccine is 100% effective and that it is possible to still get COVID-19 infection or pass it on despite having two doses of vaccine. It is still not yet known whether the vaccine can stop the transmission of the virus to others.

People experiencing coronavirus symptoms – a continuous cough, fever, loss of taste and smell – should book a test and self-isolate. If you, or anyone you know needs help, a single phone number is available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils.

The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of support – from help accessing food or medicines, to emotional and financial support, and employment, skills and business advice.

Council’s transport boost for residents with vital vaccination slots

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… Read More…

Express yourself, boost your mood and win

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… Read More…

Help shape plans for the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Help shape plans for the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Members of the public are again invited to have their say on plans to transform how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. Following a pre-publication consultation that took place between 12 November and 10 December, a decision was taken on 18 January to progress to another, more formal stage of consultation called… Read More…

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opens in Chard

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… Read More…

Salisbury and Bath to play host to large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres

Salisbury and Bath to play host to large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres

The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will now benefit from the introduction of two large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.  Based at Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse, the two venues, which open to patients from next week, will be able to provide the life-saving vaccine on a… Read More…

Plans for new primary school in Comeytrowe progress

Plans for new primary school in Comeytrowe progress

Proposals for a new primary school to serve a significant new housing development in Taunton moved a step closer to becoming a reality this week. On Wednesday, January 20, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet unanimously backed recommendations to deliver a new 420-place primary school, as well as a nursery with capacity for up to 60 children,… Read More…

Exercise and Enjoy Snowdrops at The Bishop’s Palace

Exercise and Enjoy Snowdrops at The Bishop’s Palace

Exercise and Enjoy Snowdrops at The Bishop’s Palace 30th January – 21st February 2021 10am-4pm “The Snowdrop, in purest white array, First rears her head on Candlemas day.” If you’re looking for something to enliven your daily exercise and to help you look forward to the arrival of Spring, why not walk over to The… Read More…

Record High Score for Bishop’s Palace

Record High Score for Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has scored an outstanding 93% in a recent assessment by Visit England as part of the national Visitor Attractions Quality Scheme. The results of the rating were released this week, following a secret visit in December by the assessor. VisitEngland offers quality accreditation to visitor attractions participating in the Visitor… Read More…

Somerset County Council supports the national vaccination effort

Somerset County Council supports the national vaccination effort

Hundreds of Somerset County Council staff are working tirelessly alongside the NHS and within communities to help support the fight back against Coronavirus. Somerset County Council officers are redeployed from their ‘business as usual’ jobs to project manage the setting up of Somerset’s GP vaccination hubs, now live across Somerset. Council staff are also contacting… Read More…

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