Somerset’s Covid-19 Weekly Update

23 Nov 2021


Somerset’s Covid-19 Weekly Update

Friday 19 November 2021

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The number of cases of Covid-19 in Somerset has increased. Many of our cases continue to be among school and college-age children (particularly primary schools) as well as staff within education settings and you can read the detailed schools’ message later in this update.

As per the announcement this week, booster jabs will be available for people aged over 40 years to book from Monday 22 November, alongside the over 50s and those considered to be at risk. To receive a booster jab, it must be six months or more since the receipt of the second vaccine, but you can now book your appointment five months after your last dose. The boosters are very important as they significantly reduce the likelihood of serious illness or hospitalisation should you catch Covid-19 so, if offered, please make a booking without delay. Our vaccination centres across Somerset remain busy, but with slots becoming available all the time, please remember to check the National Booking Service regularly.

It was also announced that 16/17 year olds will be able to book their second jab, 12 weeks after their first.

Covid-19 is still with us and we are aware people might be talking about the pandemic less and possibly making riskier decisions with their behaviours. With this in mind, and also the fact people may be attending early Christmas events, we all should continue to wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, wash hands regularly and undertake lateral flow tests if we don’t have symptoms and are meeting people who are outside our own household. If we have any symptoms of Covid-19 or other illnesses it is important not to mix with others and book a PCR test.

Latest Covid-19 Dashboard: The following link will take you to our website: Somerset Coronavirus (Covid-19) Scroll down the page until you get to ‘Covid-19 Dashboard’ in the list. Click on this and the dashboard will open. Please note the data reported in this document may differ slightly from the data showing on the dashboard because of discrepancies in reporting periods.

Somerset’s Covid-19 Weekly Update
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