Covid-19 vaccinations in Somerset
Last updated: 20 October 2021
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The Somerset COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is delivering vaccinations in line with national guidance for England. This includes:
- Two vaccinations to all adults aged 18 or over (or turning 18 within 3 months).
- One dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to people aged 16 and 17.
- The booster programme in line with national guidance.
- A third vaccination for people with severely weakened immune systems as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule.
- One dose of the Pfizer vaccine to 12 to 15 year old’s, delivered in schools.
You can find out more information about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine on this link
- Getting your first or second vaccination
If you are an adult aged 18 or over or aged either 16 or 17, you can get your vaccinations by booking an appointment or by going to a walk-in clinic.
Booking your jab – Whether you are eligible for one or two doses, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination online via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119.
When you book your appointment, the booking system will give you a choice of places where you can receive your jab close to you, including pharmacies, some GP practices and large vaccination centres.
Going to a walk-in clinic – You can find out where and when walk-in clinics are being held in your area on the following link.
Please remember, if you’ve already had your first dose, you need to wait 8 weeks before having your second dose. You are not able to book an appointment for your second dose less than 8 weeks after your first, and, if you attend a walk-in clinic for your second dose less than 8 weeks after your first, the clinic will turn you away.
- Getting your booster jab
The Somerset COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is providing booster vaccinations for everyone who is eligible. Booster jabs must be given at least six months after your second COVID-19 vaccination.
In line with the latest guidance from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), eligible people are being routinely offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as the booster dose, irrespective of which vaccine was given in the primary course. This means that your booster dose may be different from the vaccine you had for your first and second doses.
If you are unable to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, for example if you experienced a heavy allergic reaction to your first two doses, you may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
We currently have limited availability of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on a drop-in only basis at our two large vaccination centres – Firepool in Taunton and Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford – which is available for second doses or for those who are unable to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
We advise people who are attending their vaccination, to tell our healthcare teams on arrival if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis). They may ask what you’re allergic to, in order to ensure you can have the vaccine.
If you fall into any of the following groups, you are eligible for a booster jab.
- People aged over 50 and over
- People who live and work in care homes
- Frontline health and social care workers
- People aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
You do not need to contact the NHS to book your booster jab. You can go online to the National Booking Service, ring 119 or wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Please note that you can only book an appointment to receive your booster jab six months after your last vaccination. When you book your appointment, the booking system will give you a choice of places where you can receive your jab including pharmacies, some GP practices and large vaccination centres.
If you are eligible for a booster jab please book your appointment. Our vaccinators will not give you a booster jab unless you have booked an appointment. It’s a quick and easy process to book on the following link.
- Getting your third dose if you have a severely weakened immune system
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that people with severely weakened immune systems should receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule.
This third dose is being offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants.
If you fall into this group you do not need to wait six months between your second and third doses.
If you need a third dose and live in Somerset please wait to be contacted by the NHS. We will contact you to make an appointment for you.
- Vaccinations for 12 – 15 year olds
Children aged 12 to 15 in England are being offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). You can read the information on the government website here.
Like the flu and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, the COVID-19 jabs are being delivered in schools by the Somerset School Aged Immunisation Nursing Team (SAINT) which works closely with schools to identify all eligible children. In line with standard practice for vaccinations in schools, consent letters are being sent out to parents and guardians with information on the COVID-19 vaccination.
In line with the national timetable, the SAINT team will visit all schools in Somerset by the end of November. Schools will be given between 1 – 2 weeks’ notice of the SAINT team’s visit.
12 – 15 year olds who are not in school will be contacted by the NHS about their vaccination. Any children who miss the SAINT team’s visit to their school, will also be contacted separately.
The NHS started to roll out the COVID-19 jab to school children aged 12 to 15 last week, including in Somerset. In line with standard practice for vaccinations in schools, consent letters are being sent out to parents and guardians with information on the COVID-19 vaccination. Families do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their child’s vaccine, schools and providers will be in touch.
Where in Somerset are vaccinations being delivered?
Vaccinations are currently being delivered through:
- A range of GP-led community sites
- Large vaccination centres located at Firepool Taunton and the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford.
- Pharmacy- led sites located in Taunton, Bruton, Burnham on Sea, Bridgwater, Alcombe, Glastonbury, Wedmore and Morrisons in Yeovil
- A range of weekly walk-in and pop-up clinics.
When you book your appointment, the booking system will give you a choice of places where you can receive your jab including pharmacies, some GP practices and large vaccination centres.
You can find out where walk-in clinics are being held on the following link. Please remember that you cannot use a walk-in clinic:
- to get your booster dose
- if you are under 16 years of age, or
- to get your second dose of the vaccine if less than 8 weeks has elapsed since your first dose.
In these circumstances you will be turned away.
Do you need a vaccination buddy?
Are you, or someone you know, worried about having the COVID-19 vaccination?
Spark Somerset’s team of Vaccination Buddy volunteers can offer 1-2-1 support over the phone to anybody in Somerset who is worried about having the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination Buddies come from all walks of life and can speak a range of languages. They have undergone full training from the public health at Somerset County Council. Although they are knowledgeable, they cannot offer medical advice.