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The NHS has begun the biggest mass vaccination campaign in its history, with a jab that protects against Covid-19.

So far, two vaccines have been approved in the UK the details of which can be found on the link below together with explanations on their use:

The order of priority for each group in the population corresponds with data on the number of individuals who would need to be vaccinated to prevent one death:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

It is estimated that taken together, these groups represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

The National Winter Plan in detail:

The Local plan

Not sure yet how relevant this is but in the expectation that there will be a return to the Three Tier System after the new national lockdown:


and people may also find this site interesting as you can check the number of covid positive cases reported by post code:

Check the current state of alert level by local area:

Virus Alert State

Virus alert state 5 - lockdown begins
Virus Alert State 5

Testing for the virus


and how the kits work

NHS Test and Trace

Read how it works

Test and Trace  how it works diagram
Test and Trace – how it works diagram
Image of principles of reducing the risk of Transmission
Reducing the risk of transmission

Understand Coronavirus

The government and NHS Websites are a good place to start. Otherwise there is an Easy to Read book available on the following link:

If you live locally and need help in isolation

The Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle Parish Council COVID-19 Response Group

is the organisation which is easy to go to. The Group is entirely made up of volunteers and is registered with Dorset Council. It has attended Dorset Community Action webinars in order to be fully aware of the developing situation. A newsletter is produced which can be read on the link below:

If you are intending to self-isolate, and would like to keep the COVID-19 Response Group aware of your situation, or if you are not self-isolating and are able to join the group of volunteers please get in touch by the following means:

Email the Group support team at:
Telephone and leave a message on: 07745 796 118.

This mobile phone cannot be constantly staffed, but messages will be picked up and responded to daily so please leave clear contact details so that someone can return your call.

As part of our work with the Dorset Council COVID-19 Community Response Team we have been asked by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to share their latest email update with you. It has some very useful and important information in it about the response to COVID-19 in Dorset. You can subscribe directly to their email updates by reading their website

Anyone seeking help will have given the Group personal information (name, address and contact details) which will be recorded so that a volunteer can be sent to assist. On arrival those details will need to be confirmed and the volunteer may well record further information on a piece of paper or on a mobile telephone in order to help remember things. Please be assured that they are doing this to act in everyone’s best interests but the Law on protection of personal information must apply. Nobody wants this to get in the way of providing the help needed but folk should be aware that only the necessary information will be taken and will only be shared with those who are helping to overcome your problem. The information given will be destroyed when this is all over.

Personal information will be kept secure in the same way as anyone would keep their own. The volunteers will not discuss any information outside of the Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle Parish Council COVID-19 Response Group or with anyone who doesn’t need to know. For more detail please read the Response Group privacy statement on the following link:

Any resident who has a concern about COVID 19 who cannot access on-line services and would prefer to talk to Dorset Council for example to fnd out how to access services when isolating or financial worries if their personal financial circumstances have changed. The general number is 01305 221000 and the email is  The super shielded number is 01305 221022. Lines will be open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Local Medical services

Read Puddletown Surgery advice

Read Bere Regis Surgery advice

Parish COVID-19 Response Group on Facebook

A Facebook Page has been set up for anyone living in the parish who would like to volunteer to support the community, is in need themselves, or is isolated and just looking for a way of interacting and socialising.

Log in to and search for “Briantspuddle CV-19”

Cold Caller advice

As well as some good people around there are some really nasty ones too who will take advantage of the current situation and who can be fairly persuasive. Dorset Police have issued advice which is well worth reading;

The Food Bank collecting box has moved

The box for the Wareham Food Bank has moved from St Laurence’s Church at Affpuddle to Briantspuddle Village Hall. The Hall will be open via the main entrance during Shop opening times to provide a waiting postion for use of the Shop and Post Office whilst the the restriction of the number of people in the shop at any one time is in place.

Dorchester Help

There are several outlets in Dorchester offering collect delivery and collect services. is a website created by the Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID) with a page now especially devoted to this emergency.

Screenbites Help

We hope you and your families are well. In the current situation the Screen Bites festival has been put on the shelf for a while but we have not forgotten your love of good food and  our local food producers are still making and baking! We would like to help you to eat well and find delicious staples and treats without having to venture into a supermarket – so have updated the Screen Bites website with the food producers who are still operating and offering delivery/collection.

Wareham Help

Lots of organisations in Wareham can help with provisions including pet supplies read the document on the following link to see details:

Our Local Milkman

Kevin has been our milkman for many years and can deliver more than just milk. Why not give him a call and see what he can do. Telephone 01305 775561 or email

Local Radio

check out their website This is a Dorchester radio station on 106.3 FM which might provide a little bit of light relief from national stations.

New local radio station for easy listening on computers or DAB

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Help Dorchester Hospital

Dorset County Hospital Charity has launched the DCH COVID-19 Appeal to raise funds to provide extra support to the hospital’s staff working under immense pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to donate to the DCH COVID-19 Appeal please visit the appeal page of the Dorset County Hospital on their website