Dunster Benefice Newsletter 20th August 2021

Somerset Covid-19 Weekly Update 19 August 2021

SCC Highway Maintenance Update
A mixed week for weather, with the showery conditions hampering progress of the carriageway surface dressing operation.
Sites still to do during the week commencing 23 August are:
 New Road between Wootton Courtenay and Tivington

 Ranscombe Road and Clouds Steep between Wootton Courtenay and Timberscombe

The NHS Covid Pass

The Covid Pass lets you share your Covid-19 vaccination records or Covid-19 test status. You may be required to show your Covid Pass at events and venues that have chosen to use this service or for travel abroad.

The Covid Pass is available on the NHS app. This app is different from the NHS Covid-19 app that people have used to check in to venues. You can download it on your phone but if you are not able to do that, you can also request a Covid Pass letter in the post on the NHS website or by calling 119.

All young people aged 16 and 17 in England to be offered vaccine
All young people aged 16 to 17 in England are to be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 23 August to give them the vital protection provided by the vaccine before returning to school in September.
Tens of thousands of people in this age group have already been vaccinated at local vaccination sites and walk-in centres across the country and the drive to offer a first jab by the new date will allow those teenagers in that age bracket the two weeks necessary to build maximum immunity.
NHS England has launched a new online walk-in site finder to help 16 and 17 year olds locate the nearest available centre. Further sites will come online over the coming days and weeks.

Reminder- Self-isolation removed for double jabbed close contacts
People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. The change was announced last month, as part of step 4 of the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap.

Stay Safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
 Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
 If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
 Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
 Check in to venues when you go out
 Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
 Get vaccinated.

The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline
This single phone number is available for anyone in Somerset who needs coronavirus-related support from their councils. The 0300 790 6275 number is available seven days per week 8am – 6pm.
Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks and volunteers, can use this number to get help and advice around:
 Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
 Support for the homeless
 Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious
 Transport to medical appointments including vaccinations
 Waste collection and disposal
 Financial support
This number won’t cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS phone number if they cannot get help online. If you would like to find out more about the Corona helpers, offer assistance, or need support please visit www.corona-helpers.co.uk.
Need to seek help?
If you, or someone you know are feeling like things are too much, please know that you / they don’t have to be alone. Here are some numbers of organisations that can help:
 Samaritans – 116 123
 CALM – 0800 58 58 58
 ChildLine – 0800 1111
 Anxiety UK – 03444 775 774
 Mind – 0300 123 3393
 Somerset Domestic Abuse helpline – 0800 69 49 999

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