Vaccines will offer some protection against omicron, Nevada health official says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — State and federal health officials are sounding the alarm today as the U.S. now has more reported cases of the COVID variant omicron.

Mark Pandori with the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory is urging Nevadans to get vaccinated.

“Should we be concerned about this virus? We should be concerned about a surge with COVID, SARS and others in the wintertime regardless of omicron,” Pandori said.

Pandori leads the lab that is charged with protecting the health of Nevadans and visitors through the rapid detection of public health threats. He is a full-time faculty member at the UNR medical school.