An additional 60 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus sting were secured by the UK government for a booster program this fall.
According to the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) officials are preparing a refresher program based on clinical needs to ensure people get the best possible protection against the virus.
This additional stock of the Pfizer / BioNTech jab, launched in the UK in December, will be used along with other approved vaccines for the booster program.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Our immunization program is bringing our freedom back, but the greatest risk to this advancement is the risk of a new variant.
“We are working on our booster vaccination plans, which are the best way to keep us safe and free while we control this disease around the world.”
“These additional 60 million cans, along with others, will be used as part of our refreshment program starting later this year so we can protect the advances we have all made.”
The government announced that it would publish more details on the refresher program in due course, with policy being determined on the recommendation of the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI).
It also evaluates the results of clinical studies that investigated the use of different combinations of approved vaccines.
It comes from the fact that people aged 42 and over in England were asked to show up to get their vaccine while one in four (25%) adults in the UK had their second coronavirus sting.