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It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Update from council leader - 28 September

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

This winter will be one of the most challenging ones we have faced in recent years. We all have a responsibility to help protect the most vulnerable in our borough and so I’m appealing to our community to continue to show the spirit that we have had throughout the pandemic.

This Thursday (1 October) is the International Day for Older Persons. This day is an opportunity to thank older people for the contribution they make to our society and a reminder to check in on them. Some may be vulnerable, and many have had their usual activities curtailed. We will be sharing information on this day on our social media so please follow us on Facebook for more information.

The NHS COVID-19 app has now launched, and I urge you to do your bit to help reduce the spread of the virus, by downloading the app to your smartphone. The app, which can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play, allows you to check symptoms, apply for a COVID-19 test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, as well as helping the NHS trace individuals who may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. It also helps health professionals to quickly understand if the virus is spreading. To download the app, simply search NHS COVID-19 in the relevant App Stores or on Google Play. It’s free and can be used by anyone over the age of 16.

With COVID-19 in circulation, it’s important to prevent as many people catching flu as possible, to avoid overwhelming the NHS and local health services. There will be a two-phased approach to this year’s flu vaccinations. The initial rounds of vaccinations will be for priority groups who are considered most at-risk. For those eligible, you will be contacted by your GP practice over the coming weeks. They will explain how you will be able to get the flu vaccination.

Finally, a reminder that the best way you can prevent passing COVID-19 on to your family is by following the basic guidelines. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when appropriate and maintain social distancing. Hands, face, space. Together we can protect our borough. Together we can keep Bracknell Forest open.