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Over 1.2 million get Covid jabs, vaccination in capital postponed

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Garment workers get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on April 7. Hean Rangsey

Over 1.2 million get Covid jabs, vaccination in capital postponed

Cambodia has vaccinated a total of 1,241,947 people against Covid-19 as the vaccination campaign – administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence – continues despite the recently imposed lockdown and inter-provincial travel ban.

Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine, who chairs the ad-hoc commission for Covid-19 vaccination programme, noted however that vaccination in Phnom Penh would be postponed from April 17-19 and resume on April 20.

As of April 16, the defence ministry had inoculated 274,858 members of the armed forces while the health ministry had vaccinated 968,089 civilians.

Vandine said more vaccines would be distributed across the country on April 18.

Due to the lockdown and inter-provincial travel ban, Vandine said those whose second dose is due before the restrictions are lifted can still get the jab in the capital or province where they are staying now.

"The commission will distribute the vaccines to municipal and provincial health departments across the country, each of which will receive 200 doses for those whose second shot is due but are stranded amid the lockdown and travel ban.

Vandine instructed sub-commission officials to facilitate the process, ensuring that the people timely receive their second dose.

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