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The NHS have begun inviting eligible people aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed to come forward to book their Spring booster jabs. More than nine in 10 people aged 75 came forward for their first booster and recent research from the UK Health Security Agency has shown that the NHS booster programme has helped prevent around 157,000 hospitalisations since mid-December.

Those eligible should arrange a jab through the national booking service when invited. Booking can be accessed online at or by calling 119.

The Spring boosters will top up the protection of the elderly and the most vulnerable in our community against severe illness from Covid-19, please do all you can to encourage uptake.

Important Survey Reminder

We need to make sure that you remain happy to be part of our Health and Wellbeing Advisory Network still find the information we send out to this network relevant.

Thank you to those of you that have found the time to complete the survey. If you haven't already, please complete the short survey, it wont take any longer than 10 minutes. Your feedback we help us learn more about effective ways to communicate Covid guidance with you.

Coronavirus Helpline Update

In line with the lifting of Government restrictions the Coronavirus helpline will be closing on Thursday 31st March. The line has taken over 18,000 calls from Somerset residents who needed help during the pandemic. If you require support please contact your local authority.
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For Mendip District council call 0300 303 8588
For Sedgemoor District council call 0300 303 7800
For South Somerset district council call 01935 462462
For Somerset West and Taunton council call 0300 304 8000
Or Somerset County Council on 0300 123 22242
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Testing Update

Free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing services for Covid-19 for the general public will be ceasing at the end of March, in line with Government Guidance and the move to Living with Covid. 
We are await national guidance regarding testing for those who work in high-risk settings and others who are considered to be vulnerable and may be eligible for free testing, and we will communicate this once this has been shared. The Local Authority have no LFD test kits to provide to our general population.

Translated Ukrainian Health Resources

There are a series of resources available addressing common questions including how to register with a GP, Covid-19 and the vaccine as well as keeping young people healthy. Please share this information with your networks.

Ukrainian – Translated health information for patients

Vaccination Clinics In Somerset

'Grab a Jab' at Boots, Taunton (3)
New walk in clinics are regularly available across the county. Please encourage your networks to check the NHS walk in site for up to date information.
Bridgwater Town Hall, High St, TA6 3BL
Every Friday until 15th April: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Bridgwater Community Hospital, Bower Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 3BL
Sunday 3rd April: 10am - 5pm
Walk in
Sydenham Pantry, Community Hub, Fairfax Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4HX
Wed 30th March / 13th & 27th April: 1pm - 6pm
Walk in
Hamp Pantry, Grenville House, Rhode Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 4HX
Thurs 31st March / 14th & 28th April: 1pm - 6pm
Walk in
Auction / Market at Junction 24 Market Way, North Petherton TA6 6DF
Sat 8th & 22nd April: 9am - 3pm
Walk in
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Walk in & Bookable
Dillington House, Illminster, TA19 9DT
*Weekly: Days and time can vary. Check online for available appointments.
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Wellington Community Hospital, Bulford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8QQ
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Walk in
Priorswood Community Centre, 13-14 Priorswood Place, Taunton, TA2 7JW
Sat 2nd / 16th / 30th April: 12pm - 6pm
Walk in
Wiveliscombe Community Hall, West St, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2JP
Weds 30th March: 2pm - 6pm
Walk in
Exmoor Rural Health Hub, Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, TA24 7DU
Wed 13th April: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Walk in
Minehead Community Hospital, Luttrell Way, Minehead, TA24 6DF
Every Tuesday (March/April): 9am - 7pm
Everyday Saturday (April): 10am - 5pm
Walk in
Yeovil Gateway Church, Addlewell Lne, Yeovil, BA20 1QN
Wed, Thurs & Sats in March: Times vary.
See Grab a Jab site for opening times
Walk In
(Clinic relocates to Abbey Manor Health Centre from 6th April)

Covid Catch up Film

This week Clinton take us through some top tips for staying healthy this Spring – not just protection against Covid, but other diseases too. Please share this widely with your networks.
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Easy Read for Cervical Screening

Women and people with a cervix who have a learning disability are particularly encouraged to attend cervical screening as they are less likely to do so than the general population.

An easy read leaflet explaining why cervical screening is important and what happens at the appointment can be downloaded on the ‘Further help and support’ pages at or at:

SARCs Resources Available

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The Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse (SARCs) is a campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres and specialist NHS services, that offer practical, medical and emotional
support 24/7 to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused.
The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services.

New data published from an England wide survey reveals that over half of respondents (56%) who have been sexually assaulted or abused did not seek help from any organisation or service after the
If you or someone you know has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused and don't know where to turn, search ‘sexual assault referral centres’ to find out more or head to to find your nearest service.

Further information is available at What is rape and sexual assault? | Metropolitan Police

Please share this information and the campaign resources available with your networks.

Funding To Boost Somerset Business Recovery

Somerset County Council has launched a second round of the Somerset Restart and Recovery Programme to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 and successive lockdowns.
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These could be organisations that often did not fit neatly into Government Covid support programmes such as multi-purpose venues, heritage attractions, and food/craft events showcasing local produce that attract local people as well as visitors. Other businesses may be considered if they have wider economic benefits.

Up to £50,000 will be available to anchor events and organisations that are fundamental to the success of other businesses in the wider economy. As there is a limited amount of funding available (£370,000) this will be a competitive process.

The fund opened for applications on 22 March 2022 with a deadline of noon on 4 April 2022.

ENDS SOON! Somerset Food Resilience Grant

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st March 2022. If you are a Somerset community group, charity, organisation, or agency then you can apply for a maximum of £2,000.

The funds can be used in many ways and there is no fixed list of things we will fund but are here to support your local needs, ideas and solutions as every community is different. The grant aims to support organisations and groups to build resilience for the future.

Easter Activities

There's still time to book onto Easter activities Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) by SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership)
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There are 12,000 places available, across more than 70 venues offering a wide range of activities from kayaking to music workshops, swimming, climbing and much more.

Parents need to get a code from their school in order to book the activities. All details on what’s on offer, the locations of holiday clubs and days operating can be found by clicking on the button below.

We want to hear from you

Your feedback is valuable to us and we'd like to receive more from you and your communities. Ideas on different ways to engage and issues you are spotting locally will help us to reduce barriers to adopting measures that protect us all 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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