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PM, defence minister urge vaccinations for eligible kids

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People queue to get their booster shots at a school in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district last month. Heng Chivoan

PM, defence minister urge vaccinations for eligible kids

Minister of National Defence Tea Banh has called on all parents who serve in the military to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 while extending the commitment of military personnel to carry out assignments on behalf of the Covid-19 vaccination sub-commission.

“I call on medical teams from the defence ministry to continue to carry out the work assigned by the vaccination sub-commission.

“And I would also like to appeal to all compatriots to get their children vaccinated for the purposes of helping to restore and stimulate the growth of our national economy after the Covid-19 crisis and continue to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health by adhering to the three dos and three don’ts,” Tea Banh said.

As of November 21, over 14 million people aged five and older out of Cambodia’s total population of around 16 million people have been vaccinated.

At the ceremonial handover on November 17 of two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from China, Prime Minister Hun Sen also reiterated his call for the general public to get their children vaccinated and to get booster shots for themselves.

He said that after almost two years of fighting Covid-19, the government has proven that vaccinations are the key to managing the crisis, though other preventive measures remain important.

“[Get vaccinated] to prevent the spread of Covid-19, protect public health and save people’s lives ... Cambodia considers vaccines to be a strategic commodity and we are working on a strategy that will guarantee us enough vaccines for our people on a timely basis without having to wait for global distribution,” Hun Sen said.

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