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There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. The UK Health Security Agency has reported that evidence suggests transmission continues to occur primarily within interconnected sexual networks (gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men); they are not currently seeing significant levels of transmission outside of these networks but are continuing to monitor for changes. Anyone can catch monkeypox, so people are advised to stay alert to new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit our ‘Monkeypox’ page or nhs.uk. For regular updates posted by the UK Health Security Agency see gov.uk.

Water safety!
When the weather is warmer, people tend to cool off by going in swimming pools or bodies of water such as rivers, canals, lakes or the sea. But people who do not take the right precautions may find themselves in difficult, dangerous and sometimes life-threatening situations. Visit our ‘Water Safety’ page to find out how you can keep yourself and others safe around water.

Covid-19 booster and flu jab for everyone aged 50 and over this autumn.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has confirmed that everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a Covid-19 booster and flu jab this autumn to help increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter. For more information see gov.uk or visit our ‘Autumn Covid-19 booster and flu jab’ page on the information centre.

Covid-19 is still here!
Schools are breaking up, the barbeque is ready for action and life feels a little freer these days but it’s important to remember: Covid-19 hasn’t gone away!  In fact, in recent weeks there has been an increase in infections across Berkshire with an estimated one in just over 30 people in the South East of England testing positive as of 24 June 2022.  To keep yourselves and loved ones safe it is important to remain vigilant and continue to take precautions. Please visit our ‘COVID-19 hasn’t gone away’ page for more information.

Our website has now been updated with all the latest guidance to reflect the government’s decision to move towards managing Covid-19 in a similar way to other respiratory infections. Please continue to use it to find the information you need.

Check out our new Berkshire Monthly Covid-19 Briefing which has been produced to share the latest, relevant local Covid-19 information. To see the report click here.

Covid vaccinations

Please see below the current eligibility requirements for Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters:
– 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years and over
– boosters for people aged 16 years and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15
– spring boosters for people aged 75 years and over, plus people aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system
– additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years and over

To help your child understand what to expect after their Covid-19 vaccination, take a look at this leaflet.
For more information, and to book online, visit www.nhs.uk.

From 1 April, the government will no longer be providing free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for most people. You may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19. In addition, they are no longer recommending the use of voluntary Covid status certification in England. However, you may still need a Covid Pass for travel. For more information click here.

From 4am on Friday 18 March, you do not need to take any Covid-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not. For more information visit gov.uk.