The cabinet takes into account that a total of three booster rounds will be needed for vaccination against the coronavirus next year (the one already running and two more), and at least one in 2023.
Demissionary minister De Jonge writes to the House of Representatives that he, together with the RIVM, is trying to map out how many vaccines are needed as well as possible. “That is not easy since we have to take into account a large number of, partly unknown, variables. The cabinet therefore chooses certainty as much as possible.”
De Jonge reports to the Chamber that in addition to the previously purchased doses, the Netherlands orders a further six million doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. That could then be vaccines adapted to the omikron variant.
According to the minister, there are already enough vaccines for the current booster campaign and “an important basis has been laid for vaccination policy in 2022 and 2023.
But the cabinet will look at whether more purchases are necessary next month. “The current contracts give the opportunity to order extra doses if desired.” De Jonge reiterates that the cabinet opts for the highest possible vaccination rate.