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Somerset Health and Wellbeing Advisory Network

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This week Covid case rates in Somerset have decreased, but are likely to remain a few weeks behind the trend seen nationally. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the vaccination programme so far.
Every vaccine matters and there are plenty of walk in and bookable slots available across the county over Half Term. It’s quick, easy and open to everyone 12+ for 1st, 2nd or booster doses, with sites open in Priorswood, Sydenham in Bridgwater and the Livestock Market at Junction 24, among others. Full details are included in this newsletter, or search grab a jab’ for all local sites.

We are awaiting the Government update scheduled for 21st February regarding the reduction or removal of some Covid-19 restrictions and will bring you more detail on this in the coming days.

Vaccination Clinics In Somerset

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There are new clinics starting regularly in other areas in the coming weeks. Please encourage your networks to check the NHS walk in site for up to date information.
Livestock Market, Standerwick, Frome, BA11 2QB
Weds 23rd Feb:10am - 2pm
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Sydenham Pantry, Hub hall 2, Fairfax Rd, Parkway, Sydenham, Bridgwater TA6 4QZ
Wed 23rd Feb: 1pm - 6pm
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Hamp Pantry, Together Team Hub, 2-3 Grenville House, Rhode Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 6JE
Wed 23rd Feb: 1pm - 6pm
Walk in
Junction 24 - Auction / Market: Market Way, North Petherton, TA6 6DF
Thurs 24th & Sat 26th Feb: 9am - 3pm
Walk in
Bridgwater Town Hall, High St, TA6 3BL
Fridays in Feb: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Exmoor Rural Health Hub, Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, TA24 7DU
Wed 9th March & Wed 13th April: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Walk in
Firepool, Canal Road, Taunton, TA1 1NY
Mon - Thurs: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Priorswood Library, Eastwick Road, Taunton, TA2 7AD
Thurs 24th Feb & Thurs 3rd March:
9am - 6pm
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Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Wellington Community Hospital, Bulford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8QQ
Every Mon in Feb: 9am - 1pm
Walk in
Dillington House, Illminster, TA19 9DT
Weds & Thurs: 4pm - 8pm
Appointment Only
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Vaccinations For Children Aged 5 - 11

JCVI has now advised a non-urgent offer of two 10 mcg doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years of age who are not in a clinical risk group. Further details of how this programme will be rolled out are expected in Somerset in coming weeks.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Cohort
Children aged 5 to 11 years old who are clinically at risk from coronavirus, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a lower, paediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. All those eligible will have been contacted by their GP, or local NHS inviting them to book an appointment through a local booking system at their GP practice or a nearby vaccination centre. At the moment, this group will not be able to book through the national booking system.


On the 15th February the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) published the results of a new review showing that people who have had one or more doses of a vaccine are less likely to develop Long COVID than those who remain unvaccinated.

The review concluded that people who received 2 doses of a vaccine against Covid-19 were less likely to develop long Covid symptoms or experience symptoms for a shorter time, compared with those who were unvaccinated. Individuals who received a vaccination after being infected with Covid-19 also reported that the duration of post-Covid symptoms was shorter than for those who were unvaccinated.
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Covid Catch up Film

This week Clinton talks about the importance of regular health checks, in particular heart health. Please share this widely with your networks.
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Shared Vision for Somerset VCSEs

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to people and communities worldwide, and Somerset is no exception. What is marked, however is the way in which Somerset’s voluntary, community, and social enterprises (VCSEs) stepped up to the challenge.

Reflect, Recover, Renew investigates the impact of Covid-19 and creates a shared vision for the future of the VCSE sector in Somerset. In all, 270 people representing 190 separate VCSEs across Somerset shared their experiences.

The report will be a useful tool for charity leaders, community groups, stakeholders, statutory partners, and anyone involved in supporting our communities.

NHS Appointments

It is important that we reiterate to our networks that the NHS remains open for screening and medical appointments. Health protection is paramount so please continue to encourage people to step forward when invited for appointments.
Headway Somerset
Headway Somerset is offering new support for people living with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), their families and supporters.

Talking Headway: An information and support line (plus email) open to anyone in Somerset living with ABI, family members, friends and supporters or professionals working with them.
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm. Call 01823 215014 or email

FREE Understanding Brain Injury Zoom Course: A series of five evening sessions held by Zoom for the relatives, supporters or unpaid carers of anyone in Somerset with ABI. The course starts on Tuesday 8th March 2022. To book a place please email or call us on 01823 618519.

Please note, this course is not open to paid carers or professionals however if you are interested in training opportunities from Headway Somerset please let them know using the contact number and email given above.
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Are you finding the Covid rules and guidance confusing and do you wish you could help better inform your work colleagues, friends, family and local community?

If yes, you could become a Covid Community Champion, or enable one of your colleagues to. It doesn’t take much of your time. All you need to do is come along to a short online Welcome Session, then you’ll receive regular emails and invitations to online catch-up meetings.

We want to hear from you

As community leaders, your insights are valuable to us, which is why we have set up a function on the site to enable you to send information directly to us. This could be feedback you are receiving from your community, ideas on different ways to engage, issues you are spotting locally and anything that will help us to reduce barriers to adopting measures that protect us from Covid.
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Resources and Further Information:

For the latest local information as well as digital resources, posters and flyers please visit:

For information and resources on staying healthy happy and safe at the time please visit:

The Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan outlines how we, the council, will work with the NHS Test and Trace Service, PHE, the NHS and other partners to ensure a whole system approach to preventing and managing local outbreaks. This can be found here.
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