Sajid Javid has announced the government’s plan for tackling Covid during the winter months in England.
This is to include the offer of booster jabs to those most at risk from the virus and maximising uptake among those who have not yet had the vaccine.
Ministers have also outlined a “Plan B” if measures are needed to prevent “unsustainable pressure” on the NHS.
This could include compulsory face coverings in certain settings and asking people to work from home.
However, “more harmful economic and social restrictions would only be considered as a last resort,” the government’s winter plan says.
“Plan A” is described as having the focus of encouraging the unvaccinated to receive the jab, vaccinating 12 to 15 year-olds and beginning a booster programme.
Businesses are also being encouraged to consider using the NHS Covid Pass to check the vaccination status of customers.