Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fifth-dose vaccination campaign likely won’t be the last: Vandine

Fifth-dose vaccination campaign likely won’t be the last: Vandine

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A man receives his fifth dose of Covid-19 vaccines on the first day of the fifth dose campaign at Phnom Penh Referral Hospital in Prampi Makara district on June 9. Heng Chivoan

Fifth-dose vaccination campaign likely won’t be the last: Vandine

Additional boosters of coronavirus vaccines may be needed down the road due to the relatively short-term immunity conferred by the shots, the top Covid-19 vaccination official said on June 9 as the fifth-dose campaign for frontline workers and priority groups kicked off.

Or Vandine, Ministry of Health spokeswoman and head of the National Covid-19 vaccination committee, said while visiting the Senate that the fifth-dose campaign was launched in the capital and all provinces for priority groups and frontline workers including medical personnel, government officials, diplomats and embassy staff, as well as journalists and people aged 60 and older.

“We have enough vaccines. There’s no shortage. More than nine million doses of vaccine are stored in the warehouse and that amount is enough to be giving people third, fourth and fifth doses as we are doing now,” she said.

She called on the public not to worry about the lack of Covid-19 vaccines as Cambodia will receive more jabs through donations and COVAX. Prime Minister Hun Sen, she noted, has announced the purchase of more than one million doses to be given to people from 2024-2026.

“I would like to inform you that the fifth dose of Covid-19 vaccinations began today. It is not the last one – we will vaccinate further as it does not provide a boost to the immune system that lasts as long as other vaccines do,” she said.

Vandine explained that vaccines have different durations such as the flu vaccine, which lasts one year, so people are required to get vaccinated against the flu once a year. The duration of the Covid-19 vaccine is less than a year, especially due to the Omicron variant.

She reminded the public not to neglect protecting themselves against Covid-19 despite Cambodia not detecting any new cases or suffering anymore deaths recently.

“Covid is still present in our world, even in Cambodia. We do not know where Covid is either. Hence, please do not forget that the virus can possibly infect you at all times. The only means we have to protect against it now is to get vaccinated,” he said.

Senator Tep Yuthy said after getting his fifth dose in June that from the first to the fifth dose his health has been in a normal state. He said he has a strong immune system and he noted that he had never caught a cold after the Covid-19 vaccination.

“I would like to call on all people to come and get vaccinated to protect our health and family members and communities. Do not believe the reckless incitements of the anti-vaccine people at all,” he said.

According to the health ministry, as of June 8, the Covid-19 vaccination rate was at 94.06 per cent of the Kingdom’s estimated population of 16 million. More than nine million people have received third doses and over 2.5 million have gotten their fourth.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol