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.

Schools reopen as government announces child vaccination plan

Students study in their classroom on the first day of their school's reopening in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.

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.

Delta variant spreads to community as imported cases rise among returning migrant workers

Both local villagers and migrant workers who have returned from Thailand being treated at a high school in Battambang city on July 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

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.

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.