Cambodia launches fourth round of COVID-19 vaccinations

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (AP) – Cambodia yesterday began a fourth round of vaccinations against the coronavirus in response to the Omicron variant, with high-risk groups among the first to receive the additional boosters.

Frontline medical staff and members of the armed forces were among those lining up at hospitals and clinics. Government ministers, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, also received booster doses yesterday.

Hun Sen has appealed to all Cambodian people to get fully vaccinated, including a booster, saying on his Facebook page that it is the only way to keep their families and communities safe from COVID-19. A campaign to have people get their third jabs is still ongoing.

Almost 90 per cent of Cambodia’s 16 million people have had at least one dose, over 85 per cent have had a second shot and more than 27 per cent have had a third, according to the government.

Thanks largely to donations from close ally China, Cambodia has had enough vaccine supplies to send on to other Asian nations in need.

A Cambodian man receives the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a health centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. PHOTO: AP