Prime Minister Hun Sen told the Ministry of Health to organize a 15-day AstraZeneca vaccination campaign for the people from the age of 60 in all districts in Phnom Penh.
He called on those under 60 years of age not to compete for this vaccine during the campaign.
Hun Sen made the statement in a voice message posted on his Facebook today just before he visits the reparation of late King Norodom Sihanouk statue and the visit to quarantine preparation at Nokor Tep Women's Hospital.
He said the coming campaign will vaccinate more than 50K people with AstraZeneca in all districts in the capital once the preparation of vaccination groups is ready.
“[The Ministry of Health has to start the 15-day campaign in Phnom Penh. All vaccination centres have to be set up at each district to make it easy for our people to get vaccinated. The ministry must prevent the competition for this vaccine among youth. This vaccine is just for old people,” he said.
All quarantine centres should postpone AstraZeneca shot for those [under 60 years of age] because currently Cambodia does not have enough vaccines for all people at one time, he said.
“I request all the hospitals that are crowded with those under 60 of age flocking to get the vaccine to postpone vaccination. But if they already received the first shot, the second shot should be provided to them. The vaccines must not be unnecessary used,” he said.
Hun Sen said Sinovac vaccine will touch down Cambodia on March 26. This vaccine will be jabbed to the people regardless of age group, but it must be in line with necessary health conditions.
As of March 18, Ministry of Health has vaccinated 198,447 people across the country; 142,614 of them with Sinopharm and 55,833 others with AstraZeneca.
Today, March 19 the Ministry of Health reports 37 new Covid-19 cases, all of them are related to the February 20 cluster transmission event. 19 patients had recovered and left the hospitals.