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Manufacturing businesses told to give workers Covid booster shots

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People get Pfizer vaccine for their fourth vaccination at a vaccination centre in Chroy Changvar district on January 16. Hong Menea

Manufacturing businesses told to give workers Covid booster shots

Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng has reminded the owners of all factories and enterprises to contact local authorities to arrange Covid-19 booster vaccinations for workers at any location convenient to them before an official inspection starts in March.

In a notice issued on February 10, Sam Heng said that the call came at the recommendation of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Health amid a surge in Omicron cases.

“Factory and enterprise owners have to increase awareness raising among their employees on the importance of booster shots against Covid-19 and give them a paid day off to get vaccinated,” Sam Heng said.

The notice instructed the businesses to register employees' vaccination data via sicms.mlvt.gov.kh for official verification.

Sam Heng also reminded all factories and enterprises to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by relevant authorities for their operations in the context of Covid-19, especially the setup of checkpoints at the entrance and exit.

“Factories and enterprise have to ensure a safe physical distance at work, reduce the congregation of workers, practise hand sanitation, disinfect the workplace and co-working space, and monitor the health conditions of employees,” he said.

The minister said an inspection team from the ministry will visit each factory and enterprise to check the data of workers who have been vaccinated with their third dose from March 1 onwards.

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