Over 70s can book vaccinations

Somerset residents who are aged over 70 can now book their own vaccination appointment. If you haven’t had your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you can now book. The NHS has arranged sites so that no-one should have to travel more than 45 minutes to an appointment. Appointments can be booked at one of the large vaccination centres or pharmacy-led sites.

In Somerset that means the large centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath and West Showground. Pharmacy sites are available at Morrison carpark in Yeovil, Boots in Taunton and the Community Hall in Bruton.

You do not have to take the initiative. If you prefer you can wait to hear from your local GP. Vaccination appointments are continuing to take place at community locations across the county. But if you don’t want to wait you can now use the booking service to get your jab.

We should stress that whichever choice you make, the vaccination is free. If you are asked to pay for it, you are being conned. Under no circumstances should you agree to pay or hand over your card details.

If you do want to book a vaccination go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 or phone 119.


  • Be Open and Transparent

    Taunton Racecourse is closed today.

    Friend says Wellington Community Hospital also closed for lack of vaccine supply but expecting to resume on Friday. Presume same issue at Taunton Racecourse too.

    The Government did say supply might be “lumpy” and the vaccine rollout plan has the last two weeks of February set as contingency.

    Shame that NHS Somerset can’t be open when these problems occur as they are to be expected.

  • Be Open and Transparent

    Turns out that there was a racing day at Taunton Racecourse yesterday but condition stopped the racing going ahead.

    Seems incredible that horse racing carries on in a designated vaccination hub.

    There are many more racing days stopping vaccinations between now and May.

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