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Jab drive for kids aged 3-4 starts Feb 23: national committee

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A five-year-old boy is administered Sinovac vaccine in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district. Heng Chivoan

Jab drive for kids aged 3-4 starts Feb 23: national committee

The national Covid-19 vaccination committee has announced that medically eligible children aged 3-4 can receive a primary two-dose coronavirus vaccine series starting on February 23 – exclusively with the inactivated virus jabs developed by Chinese firms Sinovac and Sinopharm.

The decision comes at the recommendation of Prime Minister Hun Sen in an audio address to the nation on February 17, committee head Or Vandine said in a notice later that day.

The recommended inter-dose interval will be 28 days, she said, adding that valid forms of ID will need to be presented for children to get the jab, such as birth certificates, passports, and family and residence books.

She said Covid-19 vaccination sub-committees nationwide are obliged to notify the public of available dates and sites for the 3-4 age group.

“[We] have to smoothly and orderly prepare to vaccinate the children against Covid-19 as well as implement heath measures, such as wearing a mask, maintaining safe distances of 1.5m or more, washing hands frequently to prevent infections at vaccination sites within our jurisdictions,” Vandine said.

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