Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has highlighted the necessity to vaccinate the children aged from 6 to 12 years old against COVID-19.

The decision to vaccinate this age group, which will kick off on Sept. 17, aims to guarantee the right to life, the right to health care and the right to education, etc., explained the Premier in a Facebook post this morning.

“If we cannot reopen primary schools for our children, it is like losing the foundations of our education system,” he said. “In addition, the vaccination of children from 6 years of age is also part of the fight against the pandemic, as it will lead to the herd immunity of more than 80 percent [of the total population].”

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also took the opportunity to confirm his good health after 30 hours of taking the 3rd dose or booster dose.

There are nearly 1.9 million children aged from 6 to 12 years old in the country.

Cambodia has been conducting three COVID-19 vaccination campaigns: for the 18 years old and up, the 12 to under 18 years old, and the 3rd dose or booster dose.

As of Sept. 14, for the target of 10 million adults, 9,773,960 people have obtained their first jab, or 97.74 percent, among them 8,681,113 have been fully vaccinated.

For the children-youth aged 12 to under 18 years old, 1,715,701 or 87.23 percent of the nearly two-million target have received their first dose, while 1,082,044 already got their second dose.

Moreover, the booster doses have been administered to 790,111 people.

If we add all the figures, Cambodia has so far vaccinated about 71.81 percent of the total population of 16 million.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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