All our help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/
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Domestic abuse – help is still available
Support continues to be available for anyone affected by domestic abuse and we are working closely with partners to make sure services continue during the new lockdown.
Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse. For some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Therefore, the current Government guidance is that you are allowed to leave your home to flee an abuser and seek help.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, are worried about someone you know, or are concerned about the impact of your behaviour towards others, then help is available by visiting the Somerset Survivors website www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk or by telephoning 0800 69 49 999.
In an emergency you should always dial 999 and if you are worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent, tap the phone and dial 55 when prompted by the operator who will send help.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can register with www.emergencySMS.net. Once registered you will be able to send a text to 999 if you require help in an emergency.
Don’t forget your flu jab
We are encouraging everyone who is in an ‘at risk’ group to claim their free flu vaccine and join the record number of people who have already had their flu jab.
High numbers of people from across Somerset are already leading the way by taking up the offer of a flu vaccine – and so protecting the vulnerable people in their lives.
We are urging everyone who has booked a vaccine to keep to their appointment – despite being in a second lockdown government guidance does allow you to leave home for a medical appointment – it is safe to do so, with strict social distancing and hygiene procedures in place.
Overall, there is no shortage of flu vaccines nationally with enough ordered to vaccinate 30 million people. But given the high demand, you may have to wait to receive your vaccination so please book your advance appointment as soon as possible.
Many of us will carry the flu virus without showing symptoms and could unknowingly pass it on to the most vulnerable people in our community. Vaccination helps to reduce spread to the wider public and demand on the wider health system at a time when Coronavirus is already putting it under pressure.
A full list of vulnerable groups who are also eligible for the free vaccination can be found below.
Support for Somerset residents during lockdown
Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.
The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support.
Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves or are concerned about relatives or neighbours. Lines are open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.