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Somerset Public Health leaders urge caution and care as Covid restrictions set to ease

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Public Health leaders in Somerset are urging people to proceed with caution and act responsibly as the country prepares for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions.

From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away.

Somerset’s Covid-19 Local Engagement Board and the NHS in Somerset are reminding residents that we all have a role to play in protecting vulnerable people and frontline workers as we move into this new phase.

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Although case rates in Somerset are lower than the national average, case numbers of Covid-19 are still rising in the county and are expected to continue to rise for the time being.

Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Professor Trudi Grant, said: “We know it’s been a tough 18 months but people in Somerset have done a fantastic job helping to keep infection rates down. While we all want to return to normal, we also have to remember that the behaviours we have adopted still play a key role in protecting ourselves and other people.

“The risks of Covid remain, and we recommend you continue wearing a face covering in indoor spaces such as in shops, on public transport or in healthcare settings. Please continue to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, meet up outside rather than inside, and, if you are inside make sure you let the fresh air in.

“Getting double vaccinated, self-isolating when required, and using rapid tests twice a week will also help limit the spread of the virus – so important to help protect ourselves and those around us.”

Clinical Director at NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Alex Murray added:  “We have seen a fantastic response in the local take-up of the Covid vaccination and we want to thank everyone who has supported the programme and had their jab so far.

“All adults aged 18 and over can get their jab, and we urge anyone who has not yet had their vaccine, to book an appointment through the National Booking Service or go to one of our walk-in clinics.

“Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in demand on all healthcare services and it is really important that we continue to help protect the most vulnerable people and our health and care teams by following the latest recommendations to restrict the spread of coronavirus and have your vaccine when you are offered.”

On Wednesday 14 July, the COVID-19 vaccine team at the Gateway in Yeovil will be offering both Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines. The drop in session, 9am-5.45pm, is for anyone 18 or over wanting either your first or second dose (so long as they are 8 weeks apart) #YourNHS

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