As government rolls out AstraZeneca booster shots for border workers, tycoons told to wait

A box containing 332,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan arrives at Phnom Penh International airport, July 23, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodian frontline workers at the Thai border who are fully vaccinated with Chinese-made inoculations are now receiving third-shot boosters of AstraZeneca serum, but the general public will have to wait to get theirs — tycoons included.

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.

Cambodia receives first batch of US-made Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US to Cambodia through the international COVAX mechanism arrive at Phnom Penh International airport, July 30, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodia received half a million single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Friday, the first portion of more than one million doses donated by the US government through the international COVAX mechanism. The country will also receive another 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated from the United Kingdom as well.

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.