Cambodian government begins vaccinating children as young as 12, while prime minister announces third dose campaign

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 receive their first dose of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, August 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government on Sunday began its campaign to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17, beginning in Phnom Penh, while the prime minister announced they would soon start a program to provide a third “booster” dose of AstraZeneca to adults who have already been fully vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccines.

About 10,000 Chinese nationals living in Cambodia have received at least one dose of Sinopharm

Chinese nationals line up to receive the first dose of vaccine at Preah Ket Mealea Hospital in Phnom Penh, April 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Some 10,000 Chinese nationals have received at least the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Cambodia, the Chinese Embassy announced Wednesday, and government data shows nearly 1.3 million Cambodians have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

First shipment of Covid-19 vaccines lands in Cambodia

The first COVID-19 vaccines donated by China to Cambodia arrive at Phnom Penh International airport on Sunday. Pring Samrang

Prime Minister Hun Sen nominated ministers and generals, his three sons and the children of senior officials to be first inoculated for COVID-19 in Cambodia, as the first shipment of Sinopharm vaccinations donated by China arrived at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Sunday.