Vaccines: Be aware of fraudsters
|Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.|
- The vaccine is free of charge.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
- If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
- If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com.
- Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Please find attached this week’s Covid-19 update for Somerset on behalf of the Engagement board. Although we are seeing a welcome drop in our seven day rate this week, but case numbers are still high. The advice reported even after being vaccinated, is for everyone to remember the essential hands face space guidance.
Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?
We have been asked to share the Walking in Somerset website – which may be of interest to residents!
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Somerset (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk) – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So you may wish to check out the websites and get walking!
Coronavirus update from Somerset County Council
Help and information from Somerset County Council is now available in a single place on the SCC website. This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.
Public Health dashboard: Detailed Public Health information dashboards are available on our website too www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus just scroll down to ‘Covid-19 dashboard’. These are also updated daily.
Somerset County Council Coronavirus Bulletins
Coronavirus bulletins are now available to anyone. To sign up simply visit Coronavirus updates (somerset.gov.uk)
You may wish to share this with your friends or anyone who would like to stay up to date with the latest developments.
Somerset Sight is a local charity which has been supporting sight impaired people across Somerset for over a hundred years and in 2019 won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
One of our services is the Volunteer Visiting Service whereby volunteers are matched locally with a sight impaired person for regular visits for company and support, and also helps alleviate their loneliness and isolation.
Volunteers help with a variety of tasks such as reading, correspondence, or making appointments, going out for a drive or just a cup of tea and a chat. Many volunteers get great satisfaction and enjoyment from their voluntary work, many friendships are formed and the people they support very much look forward to their visits. At the current time as face to face visits are not permissible, the service continues with regular phone calls until such time as a visit is allowed again.
For anyone who is sight impaired and would like to know more about our services or if anyone would like to volunteer for the Visiting Service, please contact us on 01823 333818 for further information.
Somerset Sight look forward to hearing from you soon!