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.

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.