New free bus service launched to Bath Racecourse vaccination center

With the rapidly expanding Covid booster vaccination program, a new temporary free bus service is being put in place to make it easier for people to get to Bath Racecourse to have their jab.

The service will run hourly from the Bath Abbey bus stop to Bath Racecourse starting at 9 a.m., with the last bus leaving the Racecourse at 6:20 p.m.

Becky Reynolds, director of health for Bath and the North East Somerset Council, said: “With the first cases of the Omicron variant now confirmed in our area, it is vital that we work together to limit its transmission and protect each other. others.”

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The bus will run on the following days:

  • From Monday December 20 to Thursday December 23
  • Wednesday December 29 and Thursday December 30
  • From Tuesday January 4 to Friday January 7

The shuttle service from Park and Ride in Lansdown still operates Monday through Friday, but there will be no service from Thursday December 23 through Tuesday December 28.

The full schedule can be viewed here.

Becky Reynolds, director of public health for Bath and North East Somerset, said: “The new temporary bus service will make it easier for people to get to our main vaccination center and get a boost.

“Four in ten people at B & NES have already received their third dose and our vaccination teams are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone eligible for a booster receives it as quickly as possible.

“With the first cases of the Omicron variant now confirmed in our region, it is essential that we work together to limit its transmission and protect ourselves and each other.

“It means reducing our close contact with others, wearing a face covering, isolating yourself and getting tested if symptomatic, working from home if we can, keeping spaces well ventilated, getting the vaccine and having the booster.”

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You are eligible for a booster dose three months after your second dose if:

  • you are 18 years old and over
  • you are 16 years of age or older with a health condition that puts you at high risk of Covid, or are the primary caregiver of a person at high risk of Covid

From Monday December 20, children aged 12 to 15 can register for a second jab.

If you haven’t received your first or second vaccine yet, it’s never too late. You can book at any time by calling 119 or visiting the National Reservation Service.

If you book online and find yourself in a long queue, or if there is no availability in the near future, be patient and keep trying – additional appointments are added regularly. .

Important changes have also been made to national guidelines on what people should do if they are identified as contacts of someone with Covid:

  • Fully vaccinated adults who are identified as someone’s contact with Covid – whether Omicron or not – do not need to self-isolate but must pass a rapid NHS lateral flow test every days for seven days
  • Close contacts aged five to 18 and six months do not need to self-isolate but must also take a rapid NHS lateral flow test every day for seven days
  • Those who test positive or develop symptoms will need to self-isolate and have a confirmatory PCR test
  • Unvaccinated adults identified as contacts should continue to self-isolate for ten days

The NHS, social services and educational institutions will continue to have their own requirements.

Melvin Z. Madore