Scots urged to limit socialising to 3 households before Christmas amid Omicron

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Nicola Sturgeon has urged people in Scotland to limit their socialising to only two other households before and after Christmas to help combat the emerging Omicron coronavirus variant.

In a statement at the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister asked Scots to "minimise your social mixing" over the festive period.

She advised families to take a lateral flow test before going to see family.

As part of the country's efforts to combat the Omicron variant, all over 18s in Scotland will now be able to book appointments online from Wednesday.

But Sturgeon admitted it would be a challenge to have all adults vaccinated by the new year, as "vaccination staff absences" were impacting delivery.

The move mirrors the booster jab campaign launched by Boris Johnson down in England, with the Prime Minister promising to meet the same target in a televised speech on Sunday.

He said: "From tomorrow in England, we are opening up the booster to every adult over 18 who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago.

“The NHS Booking System will be open for these younger age groups from Wednesday, and that’s the best way to guarantee your slot, but in some places you can walk in from tomorrow."

Other rules in place in England from today as part of the 'Plan B' scheme include taking daily lateral flow tests for seven days if they have been in contact with any Covid variant, including Omicron.

However, if they are not vaccinated they need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Pubs and restaurants remain open, and no new restrictions are being imposed.

Social distancing rules have not yet been reintroduced, and there will be no capacity limits as part of Plan B.

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