Cambodia starts vaccinating six-year-olds with Chinese vaccine

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 receive their first dose of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, September 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodia has started vaccinating children as young as six years’ old against COVID-19 using the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine, despite the fact that the vaccine has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization for children under 12. There are plans to vaccinate children as young as three years’ old in the next phase of the nationwide campaign.

Cambodia is looking to vaccinate children after reaching more than 5 million adults

Children play football at a village in Phnom Penh. Cambodia's PM Hun Sen says the country wants to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children, July 16, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“It is true, we have [met the] necessary requirements to vaccinate for children and youths aged between 12 to 17,” he said, adding that Cambodia would need around 4 million doses to cover that age group.