Ireland to buy 10 million Pfizer vaccines in 2022 & 2023

The Covid-19 vaccines are being bought in anticipation of boosters being needed for most of the population.

Ireland is buy almost 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after the Cabinet approved plans to take part in the EU’s additional purchase contract with the manufacturer.

The vaccines, which are expected to be used on under-16’s eventually, will cost the state an estimated €191 million each year and are to be used in 2022 and 2023.

The 4.9 million doses to be administered each year would mean 2.45 million Irish people could be fully vaccinated in 2022 and 2023, whilst the contract also incorporates an option to secure an additional 9.8 million vaccines over the two years.

“Scientific advice indicates that variants will continue to evolve over the coming months and that vaccine immunity is not indefinite,” a government spokesman said.

“Therefore, it is likely that repeated boosters with updated vaccine formulations will be needed for a very high proportion of the population.”

As vaccinations continue to be arranged on the basis of age, the Cabinet was told that one in four people aged 60 to 69 have yet to register.

12 per cent of adults are now fully vaccinated, whilst 31 per cent have received at least one dose.

As manufacturers continue to develop their products, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is expected to eventually need only standard refrigeration, unlike the freezing temperatures currently required for storage.

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