Council staff book 30,000 Coronavirus vaccines for Somerset residents

More than 30,000 local people have been contacted and invited for a Covid-19 vaccination by staff from Somerset's five councils.

Since the opening of vaccination centres, staff from Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council, plus the County Council, have been working together contacting residents in the top nine priority groups offering them a vaccine appointment - to date they have been in touch with more than 30,000 residents.

The latest data shows more than 310,378 vaccinations have been given in Somerset.

Staff have found the calls are well received with the majority of the public thankful of the opportunity to be vaccinated against the deadly virus.

People are reminded that the vaccine takes three weeks to give protection from the virus and whilst it will help protect you from getting serious symptoms, you may still be able to catch Coronavirus and spread it to others - so please continue to work from home where you can, socially distance in public and maintain the hands, space, face guidance.

Alison Wootton, joint senior responsible officer for the Somerset COVID Vaccination Programme, said: "We are truly grateful for the phenomenal support we have received for the vaccination programme across the county and the hundreds of local council staff, who have given up their time to help us to roll out our local NHS vaccination programme quickly and efficiently.

"In just over sixteen weeks, with the support of all our colleagues, we have given an incredible 310,378 COVID-19 doses to our most vulnerable residents and front-line staff. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the programme so far, and to the teams who will continue to work with us over the coming weeks and months." 

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