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Jabs offered at pagodas, resorts on Khmer New Year

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People get their Covid-19 booster shots in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district in January. Hong Menea

Jabs offered at pagodas, resorts on Khmer New Year

Following instructions issued by the national Covid-19 vaccination committee regarding the Khmer New Year holiday, municipal and provincial authorities said they were setting up vaccination sites at pagodas and resort areas to continue to administer jabs to those who need them.

In Kep province, governor Som Piseth said the vaccinations will be provided at the provincial tourism department, Angkol beach and four pagodas – Charya Vong, Kampong Tralach, Phnom Leav, Prey Takoy – and from April 13-17.

“To prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure public order, I urge our people to follow preventive measures such as the three dos and three dont’s laid out by Prime Minister Hun Sen,” Piseth said.

In Banteay Meanchey province, governor Um Reatrey has set the date for the additional vaccination services from April 14-16 at 18 locations, including pagodas and resorts.

Authorities in Takeo province are providing nearly 100 vaccination sites – old and new – from April 13-17. Anyone aged 3 and over can get vaccinated whether its their first dose or booster shot.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has added 23 more vaccination sites at pagodas in all 14 districts from April 13-17. These will add to the existing 42 vaccination sites located at health centres and hospitals in Phnom Penh.

As of April 6, Cambodia had vaccinated 92.78 per cent of the total population of around 16 million.

More than eight million people have so far received their third dose, while over 1.2 million have received their fourth shot.

The National Covid-19 vaccination committee once again reminded the general public to make sure their vaccinations are up to date. When it is their turn for a booster, they should visit one of the public health facilities that are providing vaccination services, or one of the various recreational facilities or pagodas that will be working with capital-provincial administrations to guarantee improved access to boosters from April 13-17.

“Remember that Covid-19 vaccines save lives and prevent serious illness. Those who are yet to receive their fourth dose, please take the time to visit one of the many facilities which are providing them daily, for free,” said Or Vandine, Ministry of Health spokeswoman and head of the committee.

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