PEOPLE are urged to get their booster jab before New Year as the NHS continues efforts to protect the region against the Omicron variant.
Since the middle of December the Somerset Covid-19 Vaccination Programme has ramped up its capacity to offer as many jabs as possible to give everyone eligible aged 18 and over the chance to get their booster jab before the weekend.
In total, the provisional data shows over 1,200,000 vaccinations have been given in Somerset, including over 320,000 booster jabs. This means that approximately 75% of eligible people have received their booster jab against a target of 80% by the end of the year.
Andy Heron, joint senior responsible officer for the programme in Somerset, said: “Across our county we have pulled out all the stops to ramp up capacity in our vaccination centres, and open pop up clinics, so that we everyone in Somerset who is eligible for a booster jab, or has yet to have their first or second vaccinations, can come forward and protect themselves against Covid-19.
“We have had a fantastic response, but we are still urging people to come forward. Vaccinators are standing by in walk-in clinics to give you your booster.”
Dr Fiona Dempsey, consultant in intensive care at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, has urged people to protect themselves by getting fully vaccinated.
She said: “Since about August virtually every patient who has come into our critical care unit has been unvaccinated. We have cared for the odd patient in the unit who has been vaccinated but those patients have had significant other things wrong with them.
“I have had to hold the hands of, and speak to, people who have lost their loved ones who were unvaccinated. To protect yourself, your loved ones, and the NHS, I urge anyone who is not fully vaccinated to come forward and get their jabs.”
You can book a vaccination appointment on the National Booking System or by calling 119. The following walk-in clinics available include:
- Firepool (Canal Road, Taunton, TA1 1NY). Thursday, December 30 from 8.30am to 9.30pm
- Haynes Motor Museum (Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7LH). Thursday, December 30 from 8.30am to 6pm.
- Strode College (Church Rd, Street, BA16 0AB). Thursday, December 30 from 9am to 5pm.
- Bridgwater Town Hall (High St, Bridgwater, TA6 3BL). Tuesday, January 4 to Friday, January 7 from 9am to 5pm.