- Vaccines Minister Maggie Throop says UK will ‘probably’ need annual boosters
- She said the latest vaccine purchases meant the UK would be ‘ready for future years’
- Pfizer boss said annual booster jabs ‘likely to be needed’ comes after
Vaccines Minister Maggie Throop has told Britons that they will ‘probably’ have to get a coronavirus booster jab every year.
Ms Throp pointed to the government’s latest vaccine purchase of 114 million new doses, which are due to be distributed in 2022 and 2023, as she said ‘it would be wrong for us not to be ready’.
The comments on the BBC’s Question Time program came after Pfizer boss Dr Albert Boerla said annual vaccinations were “likely to be needed”.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Throop tells Britons they ‘probably’ have to get a coronavirus booster jab every year
Boris Johnson, who received his booster yesterday, has promised to give every adult a third time by the end of January
The government is in the process of rolling out its booster program to offer one-third when to all adults as it seeks to increase protection against the new Omicron variant.
Boris Johnson, who received his booster yesterday, has promised to give each adult a third by the end of January.
The government announced earlier this week that it had agreed to buy 114 million additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be distributed over the next two years.
That purchase fueled speculation that a fourth and even fifth pocket could be offered to Britons in the coming years.
Ms Throp was asked last night if she agreed with Dr Baurla’s assessment on the annual jabs and she said: ‘Every year we have a flu program and obviously we are talking about another virus.’
Re-emphasizing the need for jabs each year, she said: ‘What we’ve done now is pre-order vaccines for future years.
‘I think that’s the right thing, the public would expect us to be prepared for years to come. It would be wrong for us not to be ready, it will actually happen.’
When asked a third time whether booster jabs would be needed every year, he replied: ‘At the moment it looks like we probably will and the way the virus has already gone, one thing is for sure about this virus. is unexpected.
‘Just when we thought we were getting somewhere, obviously we got a new look.
‘But we also have to remember that the most prominent version in the UK at the moment is still the delta version and vaccines are so powerful against the delta version so the best thing people can do is go out – if you have to. I didn’t jab at all, get your first jab, if you’ve delayed your second jab, get it, but boost at the same time and we’re promoting the booster program.’
Britain has agreed to buy 60 million additional doses of Moderna Vaccine and 54 million additional doses of Pfizer JAB.
The Department of Health and Social Care said the deals include access to modified vaccines if they are needed to combat omicrons and future forms of anxiety.
It said the new deals are in addition to Pfizer’s 35 million additional doses in August for delivery in the second half of next year, and 60 million Novavax and 7.5 million GSK/Sanofi doses expected in 2022.
The department said the government already has sufficient supplies of both Moderna and Pfizer for the expanded booster program.
Dr. Baurla said this week that annual vaccinations could boost population immunity, adding that Pfizer is already working on a new jab for the Omicron version.
He told the BBC: ‘Based on what I have seen so far, I would say that the annual vaccination … is likely to be very strong and necessary to maintain a very high level of protection.’