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.
Public and private secondary schools were reopened across the country on Wednesday as Prime Minister Hun Sen announced plans to vaccinate children aged from six to 12 against COVID-19 to allow primary schools to reopen as well.
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.
The Ministry of Health is urging the public to be vigilant as it continues to detect community transmission cases of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
“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.