Fourth Covid-19 Jabs for Gov’t, Doctors, Older Residents

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Provincial officials and frontline workers wait in a tent for 3rd vaccine doses ahead of the border reopening, in a photo posted to the Banteay Meanchey Administration’s Facebook page on August 9, 2021.
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The Health Ministry announced fourth-dose Pfizer booster vaccinations for select groups starting Friday at national hospitals.

People over the age of 60 as well as members of the government, doctors, soldiers, police officers, embassy staff, NGO workers, journalists and arts association members, which include actors and entertainers, are eligible for a fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose if at least four months have passed since their third doses.

The Health Ministry statement, issued Saturday, listed vaccination locations for government officials, but said information for health workers and older residents would be later released by City Hall. City Hall has yet to publish a statement as of Monday morning.

A wider campaign for the public has yet to be announced.

More than 14 million people have received first doses in Cambodia, out of a population of around 16 million. Second doses are at 13.7 million. The uptake of third doses has been slower, reaching a total of 3.9 million as of Sunday.

The country remains quarantine-free for vaccinated arrivals, though the number of imported Omicron cases have risen slightly in recent days — 29 imported cases were announced on Sunday — and the first community case of Omicron was identified over the weekend.

Official testing has decreased in the last two months according to WHO Cambodia situation reports, with the average daily number of tests conducted dropping from 8,164 in the first week of November to 1,974 in the last week of December.

Situation ReportDate of ReleaseTests Conducted WeeklyAverage Daily Covid-19 Tests
Official Covid-19 testing statistics, as reported by WHO Cambodia. * WHO reported a total 27,632 tests over 14 days in their report on 2021/12/27, so VOD took an average for 7 days for comparison.

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