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If one doesn’t work, and two doesn’t work, I guess just keep going until it does? Eventually the “science” will be proven correct, right?
That’s essentially the philosophy that the Netherlands is using in administering COVID-19 vaccines. While the U.S. and most of the world focuses on getting everyone their first booster shot, Newsweek reports that the Netherlands is already looking to give out two booster shots in 2022 and one in 2023.
If you’re keeping math at home, that would be six shots of the COVID-19 vaccine since they were first rolled out, further moving the goalposts. Hugo de Jonge, health minister of the Netherlands, wrote a letter to the country’s parliament Wednesday, outlying his plans.
“Certainly because only half of a regular vaccine is needed for a booster dose of Moderna, we now have sufficient vaccines for the current booster campaign and there is ample basis for possible extra booster rounds in the second quarter and the autumn of 2022 and in 2023,” de Jonge wrote.
The country has reportedly ordered approximately six million more vaccines. They already have an agreement in place with Pfizer/BioNTech to order another 17.5 million doses before 2023.
As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly among both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, the Netherlands reported 14,778 cases Thursday. Over the last 14 days, the country has reported 179,278 cases.
According to a report from CNBC, the Netherlands announced a lockdown on Dec. 18, closing all non-essential stores, bars and restaurants until Jan. 14.