Stormont ministers made no further decisions about Covid-19 restrictions at Thursday's Executive meeting.
Ministers have however agreed to reconvene next Wednesday when it is anticipated that measures will be considered.
It is understood Thursday's meeting focused on data presented by health officials on the threat posed by Omicron.
Further data on the variant is to be collected over the weekend and presented to ministers ahead of next week's meeting.
Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said more data expected to be available by next week will inform further steps to be taken in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Stormont Executive met earlier today.
Ms O'Neill tweeted that ministers discussed the developing Omicron situation.
"More data available next week, which will give a clearer picture of impacts & steps we may need to take Evidence shows that getting booster vaccine is vital in our defence - please get yours," she tweeted.
First Minister, Paul Givan, said the Executive "did not want to cancel Christmas" but urged the public to be careful over the holiday period.
Speaking following an Executive meeting which discussed the threat from the Omicron Covid variant, he said: "My overall message to people, we are not wanting to cancel Christmas but we are asking people to be careful over the Christmas period and follow the good advice around public health.
"I want us to continue to remain open and to do that safely.
"So get your jab, follow the public health advice and that will all be of great assistance to us in the Executive."
He added that the spread of Omicron in Northern Ireland was behind England and Scotland, which presented space to allow more adults to get their booster vaccine.
Mr Givan said: "The advantage we have is that our booster campaign is being rolled out at a phenomenal rate before Omicron has really been able to get a grip in Northern Ireland.
"That is not something that England or Scotland have been able to do, and that is difficult to factor into the monitoring that is taking place.
"As of today the chief scientific officer (Professor Ian Young) believes it (Omicron) is around 5% in Northern Ireland, London is already at over 60% and Scotland is at around 40%.
"So they are much further ahead than us but obviously we anticipate following a similar trajectory.
"But what we have to our advantage is this space to get more boosters out and to help increase our defences in terms of the level of immunity."
In a statement following today's meeting, the Executive said: "There is no doubt that Omicron has the potential to be very serious. And, based on the evidence and data available, we can say with absolute confidence that everyone getting their COVID-19 booster is the best possible chance we have of minimising the impacts of this new variant.
"We want to thank the public for their tremendous response to the call to get their booster and would encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward now to keep themselves and their loved ones as safe as possible from the threat posed by Omicron.
"Once again our health care staff are performing heroics. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude for the way in which they have selflessly stepped up and responded to the call to get jabs into arms as quickly as possible.
"So to all our vaccination teams, our GPs, pharmacists, to all our health care workers, thank-you.
"This huge societal effort is a testament to what can be achieved when we all pull together."
They added that scenario planning is underway to develop a package of potential measures to slow the spread of the virus, and when would be the best time to deploy them.
In the meantime, the Executive added that we all must take individual steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the wider community.
They continued: "We all have a personal responsibility to follow the public health advice and make safer choices.
"One of the best ways to keep family and friends safe over the Christmas period is to use Rapid Lateral Flow tests before meeting up.
"If you are travelling over Christmas to see family and friends, you should take a lateral Flow Test before starting your journey.
"And we urge anyone returning home or visiting here for Christmas to take the test before you come home and only travel if the test is negative. You should also take a lateral flow test on days two and eight of your stay.
"Free tests are available online or in local pharmacies."
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