Floating communities receive COVID-19 vaccines after Phnom Penh evictions

The floating homes of mostly ethnic Vietnamese residents evicted from Phnom Penh were blocked in the Mekong at Kandal province’s Leouk Dek district on the Cambodia-Vietnam border, Picture taken on June 28, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Roughly 170 of the largely ethnic Vietnamese people who were evicted from their floating homes in Phnom Penh to Kandal province’s Loeuk Dek district have now been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Association of Khmer-Vietnamese in Cambodia has estimated that about half of the ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia had been vaccinated.

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.

Online journalist charged with the incitement after criticizing Chinese vaccines

Journalist Kao Piseth being questioned at the Battambang provincial military police office. Photo posted on the national military police's Facebook page.

An online news journalist in Battambang province was arrested and charged with incitement to commit a felony this week after publicly criticizing the government’s use of Chinese-made vaccines to inoculate the population against COVID-19. The arrest brings the number of journalists arrested in 2021 for their reporting about the government’s response to the pandemic to four.

Prison Department begins vaccinations for all Cambodian prisoners

A health care worker draws a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the ongoing vaccination campaign in Phnom Penh, April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

State officials have begun a campaign to vaccinate all of Cambodia’s nearly 39,000 prisoners against COVID-19 after 34 inmates tested positive for the virus last weekend in the Preah Sihanouk provincial prison.

Slowing vaccinations amid lockdown may hamper Cambodia’s outsized inoculation success story

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Even as Cambodia struggles to contain a worsening outbreak of COVID-19, it has far surpassed its neighbors in vaccinations, with nearly 1.3 million people having received at least one dose, according to figures released Wednesday by the Health Ministry and Ministry of Defense. But with first dose vaccinations suspended during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and neighboring Takhmao City, Kandal, that progress is likely to slow.