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Somerset Health and Wellbeing Advisory Network

This Autumn and Winter we expect to see both flu and Covid viruses circulating. With the UK experiencing its first flu season since 2019, the population will have less immunity than previous flu seasons. Preparations for the potential impact of this on our population’s health and well-being, centre on vaccination for both Flu and Covid-19, targeted to at risk groups. The best way to protect ourselves our friends and our families, is by taking up all the vaccinations that we are eligible for.

What will the flu vaccination programme look like for Autumn / Winter?

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have widened the offer of the free flu vaccine to more eligible groups. These additional groups will only be eligible once the most vulnerable, including previously announced pre-school and primary school children, those aged 65 years and over and those in clinical risk groups, have been offered the jab.
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The additional groups set to be offered the free flu vaccine in England will be:
  • all adults aged 50 to 64 years (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2023)
  • secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9, who will be offered the vaccine in order of school year (starting with the youngest first)
If eligible for a free flu vaccine, people will be sent a invitation to book an appointment either at their GP or a local pharmacy. Everyone who is eligible for the free flu vaccine will be able to get it. When having a appointment for a Covid-19 booster vaccine at a GP surgery or pharmacy, you may also be offered a flu vaccine at the same time.

Its really important that people do not delay booking their flu vaccine appointment so that you can get both vaccines together. Only some people will be offered both vaccines at the same time.

What will the Covid vaccination programme look like for Autumn / Winter?

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group and health and social care staff will be offered a booster of Covid-19 vaccine this autumn.

The autumn booster is being offered to those at high risk of the complications of Covid-19 infection, who may have not been boosted for a few months. As the number of Covid-19 infections increases over the winter, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
Some people who can get a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are also eligible for the free annual flu vaccine. If you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you may be able to have them at the same time – if not please go ahead anyway, you can catch up with the other vaccine later. Please wait to be called forwards by the NHS.

Walk In Covid Vaccination Clinics for first 2 doses of Covid-19 Vaccination

What to expect at your vaccine appointment
The Autumn Booster vaccination programme starts on the 5th Sept and all clinics are likely to become very busy. If you have yet to have your 1st, 2nd or initial booster, please consider getting it now. Please check Grab a Jab to find a clinic near you.


Bridgwater Town Hall, High St, TA6 3BL
Every Friday:18+ only: 9am - 2pm Walk-in
Children only age 5 - 11: 2:30pm - 5pm
*check GAJ for specific children’s (5+) clinics & times
Appointments now open on NBS.
Bridgwater Community Hospital, Bower
Every Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Children only age 5+: 2:30pm - 5pm
*check GAJ for specific children’s (5+) clinics & times

Somerset West and Taunton

Tower Vaccination Centre: Tower Road, Taunton, TA1 4AF
Mon - Sat for the first week of September: 9am - 6pm
*Thursdays 9am - 7pm
Book a Children only age 5+:
*check GAJ for specific children’s (5+) clinics & times
Appointments now open on NBS.
Minehead Community Hospital, Luttrell Way, Minehead, TA24 6DF
Every Tuesday: 8:30am - 6pm
Children only age 5+: 2:30pm - 7pm
*check GAJ for specific children’s (5+) clinics & times
Tower Vaccination Centre
Wellington Community Hospital, Bulford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8QQ
Every Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Children only age 5+: 2pm - 5pm
*check GAJ for specific children’s (5+) clinics & times

South Somerset

Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, BA22 8HT
Every Tues and Thurs: 9am - 4:30pm
All vaccinations from age 5+
Wincanton Community Hall, (Verrington Vaccination Centre) Dancing Lane, Wincanton, BA9 9DQ
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30am - 2pm (18+ only)
2:30pm - 5:30pm (5 - 11 only)

Public Health catch-up film

Clinton talks to Dr Solomon Lebese about the national Know Your Numbers campaign, and shares his personal experience of the importance of knowing your blood pressure.

Bid to help reverse opioid overdoses

Somerset Drug & Alcohol Service (SDAS), run by social enterprise Turning Point has announced a new project in partnership with Avon & Somerset Police.
Naloxone Stand - Taunton
This new initiative will see local PCs and PCSOs volunteer to receive training from SDAS to carry and use Naloxone (Nyxoid nasal spray) to help reverse opioid overdoses they may encounter as part of their day-to-day role.

The latest ONS figures for drug related deaths are the highest number since records began in 1993 and 6.5% higher than in 2020. The death rate in 2021 was 81.1% higher than it was in 2012. With such stark figures it is essential that more measures are put in place to reduce this number. This new partnership will help to tackle this as Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can be thought of in the same way as a defibrillator or an epi pen for anaphylactic shock. It will buy the casualty some time while waiting for medical professionals to arrive as it is not intended to replace emergency support from the ambulance service.

In Somerset, Naloxone is available from 15 community pharmacies as well as SDAS Hubs in Yeovil and Taunton and distributed to appropriate SDAS service users, including family and friends. As part of this new project, SDAS will be working with Avon and Somerset Police to train and support frontline officers to carry Naloxone.

Find out more at Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service partners with Avon & Somerset Police in a bid to help reverse opioid overdoses | Somerset County Council Newsroom (
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These FREE sessions will be available and tailored to a range of audiences including education and community frontline staff, parents, carers and family members.
Sessions for Parents, Carers and Family

Date – Tuesday 20th September 2022
Time – 1.00pm – 2.30pm
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Date – Thursday 13th October 2022
Time – 5.00pm – 6.30pm
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Date – Saturday 26th November 2022
Time – 10.00am – 11.30am
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Sessions for frontline practitioners

Date – Friday 23rd September 2022
Time – 09:00 – 13:00
Registration - Self Harm Awareness - Frontline Practitioners 23 09 22

Date – Thursday 13th October 2022
Time – 13:00 – 17:00pm
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Date – Saturday 5th November 2022
Time – 09:00 – 13:00
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Further details and registration: website under the Training Menu.
Talking Cafe
📆 COMING UP on September's Talking Café live streamed sessions - watch via:

7 September: AGE UK SOMERSET
Exercise classes and services available in Somerset

Helping people to become self-employed Micro-Providers with free advice and support on how to set up, get accredited, and find clients

Somerset Recycling Week 2022 – get involved!

What to expect from going to a group and where they are in Somerset
Talking Cafés are taking place in venues across Somerset throughout the week - we have 17 venues open, nearly back to pre-pandemic levels! Anyone over 18 years old can drop in to meet their local Village Agent for advice and support.

The most up-to-date poster can be found here

📣 Want to take part and SHOUT about the organisation or community project you are passionate about? Contact or message the Talking Café page!

If anyone would like to take part in a future Talking Café live please do get in touch with Chrissy Brewers or Hannah Burbedge

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