Vaccine Rules Stir Political Resistance for U.K.’s Johnson

Prime minister says he will keep country open, even as cases rise

A growing number of studies indicate Omicron is more resistant to current vaccines than previous Covid variants, though boosters seem to help. WSJ’s Daniela Hernandez gets an exclusive look inside a lab testing how antibodies interact with Omicron. Photo illustration: Tom Grillo

LONDON—British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced resistance over plans to require vaccinations in certain venues to stem the fast spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, as dozens of lawmakers from his own Conservative Party voted against the measure Tuesday.

Despite the rebellion of around 100 Conservative lawmakers, so-called vaccine passports will come into force Wednesday in England after the opposition Labour Party backed the measure. Voting in favor were 369 lawmakers, with 126 voting against.

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