Britain has bought 35 million more Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for next winter to provide the country with booster jabs for ‘years to come.’
These vaccines are set to be administered in the second half of 2022 to protect against current and future variants of coronavirus.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “While we continue to build this wall of defence from Covid, it’s also vital we do everything we can to protect the country for the future too – sherry that’s from the virus as we know it or new variants.”
He added the extra dose would “future-proof our vaccine programme, ensuring we have plans in place to keep the nation safe for years to come.”
Third jabs for vulnerable groups in the UK, including all over-50s, are set to begin as early as next month after the Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation issues its final advice.