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Coronavirus update from Somerset County Council – 27/01

Posted on 27th January, 2021 in News

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/

This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

Public Health dashboard: Detailed Public Health information dashboards are available on our website www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus just scroll down to ‘Covid-19 dashboard’. These are updated daily.

Top stories today:

Second large vaccination centre now open at Bath and West Showground

This week, The Royal Bath and West Showground will start to vaccinate local residents and frontline heath and care workers from the highest priority groups.
The second large vaccination site in Somerset will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm as part of an additional wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country.

Health and care organisations have been working together over a number of weeks, to put detailed plans in place to prepare the site for the large-scale vaccination programme.

The vaccination site has been set up in the Showerings Pavilion at the Bath and West Showground and it is hoped that once fully operational, alongside scheduled deliveries, teams will be able to vaccinate around 1,300 people a day through four vaccination ‘pods’.

Healthcare teams are working extremely hard to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups as quickly and safely as possible. Please be patient and the NHS will contact you directly when it is your turn – don’t call your GP surgery or local hospital to ask about your appointment.

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Walk-through coronavirus testing site opens in Chard

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Chard’s Guildhall 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 Station located in Fore Street will help address the spread of the virus in the area with the aim of bringing it under control.

The Testing Station is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and has ten testing bays including two with disabled access and for use by families.

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Stay safe when walking the dog

During lockdown you are allowed to leave your house to walk your dog – but please make sure you are:

  • by yourself or
  • with the people you live with or
  • with your support bubble (if you’re legally permitted to form one)
  • or, when on your own in a public outdoor space, with one person from another household

Although the government generally advises you should exercise once a day, you can go out more often if you need to walk your dog but should limit this where possible.

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