Cambodia Receives COVID-19 Vaccine Doses for Children

Donation of Pfizer vaccines from Poland to Cambodia. Photo: SPM Page

Prime Minister Hun Sen says the vaccination campaign must continue to prevent the spread of the disease

PHNOM PENH--Cambodia on July 3 received 140,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through support from Poland. This Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is meant for children.  

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the priority measure against possible coronavirus outbreaks is to continue to provide vaccines to people to help them be healthy.

“Despite the success of combating COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease, the Royal Government continues to pay close attention to the fight against and control of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hun Sen said on his official Facebook page.

So far, Cambodia has received nearly 53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, both through aid and purchases, and there currently are more than 9 million vaccine doses stored in warehouses, the prime minister said. In the meantime, 20 million doses—some purchased and others received through international aid—have yet to be delivered to the country, he said.

Vaccines will continue to be given to the public free of charge, Hun Sen stressed, urging people to get booster shots to improve their immune systems.

By July 2022, more than 15 million people, equivalent to 94.31 percent of the country’s population, had been vaccinated for COVID-19.

And as of July 2, a total of 14.4 million people had received their second dose, while 9.4 million people had had a third, 2.9 million people a fourth and 316,084 people a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose. The Ministry of Health has been pressing people to get their fourth and fifth vaccine doses.

So far, 1.8 million teenagers 12-to-18 years old, 2 million children 6-to-12 years old, and 428,174 children under 5 years old have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

On June 28, 2022, Cambodia detected COVID-19 infection after 52 days free of the virus. The government has urged the population to get vaccine booster shots and comply with health measures.

As of July 3, 2022, Cambodia had recorded six new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 136,296, with 133,206 patients recovering from the disease. So far, COVID-19 has claimed 3,056 lives in the country.

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