Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gov't mulls third shot for Covid vaccinees as 4M doses arrive

Gov't mulls third shot for Covid vaccinees as 4M doses arrive

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Another four million does of Covid-19 vaccines arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on the morning of July 10. Information Ministry

Gov't mulls third shot for Covid vaccinees as 4M doses arrive

The government is considering administering a third dose to those who have received their second shot of vaccine against Covid-19 to boost their antibodies and determine how it can protect them from the new Delta coronavirus variant and its slightly mutated version Delta Plus, according to a senior health official.

York Sambath, the Ministry of Health secretary of state, said this while receiving another four million does of Covid-19 vaccines at Phnom Penh International Airport on the morning of July 10.

The latest batch was purchased from Chinese pharmaceutical firms Sinovac and Sinopharm -- three million from the former and the rest from the latter.

Including this latest shipment, Sambath said Cambodia had acquired a total of 17 million doses to accelerate its nationwide vaccination drive.

By August, Cambodia will have acquired 20 million to vaccinates the targeted 10 million people aged 18 and over. She said the government will continue to procure more vaccines from China and other sources.

"So far, the government has vaccinated nearly 50 per cent of the target. Vaccines prevent patients from developing severe symptoms, but if we fail to take precautions, we can contract the virus easily," she said.

Regarding a possible third dose for vaccinees, she said: "We are studying the effectiveness of the two doses they have received.

Sambath noted that the latest batch of four million doses will be distributed to Covid-19 hotspots including Kandal and other provinces on the Thai and Vietnamese borders.

The Ministry of Health said recently that a total of 33 Delta variant cases had been detected in migrant workers in June.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 9 warned that if the Delta variant spread into communities, Cambodia would face “devastation”.

"This time is different from before. In the past, among 1,000 migrant workers who returned from Thailand, only between 20 and 30 tested positive for Covid-19. Now, if 300 migrants come, more than 100 test positive. If it is 500, around 200 are positive,” he said.

He noted that most of them returned through Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Baby saved as mother is lost to Covid

    Newborn baby Neth David has had a rough start in the world. His mother, Vong Daneth, was seven months pregnant when she contracted a severe case of Covid-19. When it became clear to her doctors that she would not survive, they performed a cesarean section

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four

  • Governor: Covid subsides in capital

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng said the Covid-19 situation in the capital’s 14 districts has eased, with only two districts still recording a high number of infections. “Transmission cases in all districts are dropping, though they are relatively higher Meanchey and Por Sen Chey.