UK health secretary: no need to call off Christmas parties despite Omicron
The BBC reported that the UK health secretary has said, there is no need to call off Christmas parties despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, as he urged people to get a booster jab to fight Covid.
Sajid Javid said people should consider measures such as taking Covid tests or wearing face masks when socialising.
But NHS Providers said some NHS trusts had asked staff "not to mix in big groups" in the run-up to Christmas.
The BBC mentioned that this comes amid an expansion of the booster vaccination rollout.
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, told Sky News some trusts were setting an example by making that request to staff because of the "potential threat to their health and what they will be available to do".
The BBC noted that the booster jab programme was expanded amid concern that the Omicron variant of coronavirus may spread more quickly and make vaccines less effective.