Cambodia started offering a third-dose booster shot against COVID-19 on Sunday.
Doctors are alternating between the AstraZeneca and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
Earlier, Cambodia had started rolling out COVID-19 vaccines for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces.
Prime Minister Hun Sen that the vaccination for children today is a “key step to herd immunity in communities.”
He also said that the third dosage would be given to between 500,000 and one million frontline employees as a priority when commencing the vaccination program for children aged 12 to 17.
“People who have already been vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sinovac should be given AstraZeneca as the third booster dose,” Hun Sen said.
“For Cambodians who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Sinovac should be given as the third dose,” he added.
Hun Sen also stated that the country will purchase more AstraZeneca vaccines through Covax for booster doses and that Johnson & Johnson vaccines recently financed by the United States will be utilized to vaccinate indigenous peoples in northeastern Cambodia.
Cambodia has launched a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand this week to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
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