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Provinces begin Covid jab drives, capital finishing

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People receive second does of Covid-19 vaccines in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Provinces begin Covid jab drives, capital finishing

The provinces of Takeo, Pailin and Svay Rieng will increase the number of Covid-19 vaccinations sites for people aged 18 and over from July 8, while Phnom Penh completed Covid-19 vaccination programmes in the capital’s 14 districts on July 8.

Pailin provincial governor Ban Sreymom said authorities would vaccinate people who still had not had a shot.

“The vaccination campaign lasts for 14 days from July 8 onward at three sites in Pailin town and four places in Sala Krao district,” she said.

In town, vaccination sites will be on the grounds of the provincial referral hospital and Kra Chab health centre. The district’s sites will be at the Phsar Prum, Phnom Sdong, and Phnom Preal health centres.

In Svay Rieng Province, authorities announced that vaccinations will start on July 8 in Svay Rieng town in up to eight communes.

The announcement said the provincial administration will start with people and garment workers who volunteer for a vaccination. Jabs will take place in Svay Rieng, Koy Trabek, Prey Chhlak, Sangkhor, Chek, Po Tahor and Svay Toeur communes.

Takeo province will also launch the vaccination campaign for people in Donkeo town from July 9 in five locations. Vaccination sites are Takeo provincial and referral hospitals, Donkeo operational district health office and, Roka Krao and Baray commune halls.

One million Sinopharm vaccines the government purchased from China arrived on July 6. People living in provinces with outbreaks will be vaccinated free of charge.

The delivery of vaccines by Covid-19 vaccination commission to some provinces is currently under way. Those provinces include Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Takeo, Svay Rieng, Kampong Speu, Banteay Meanchey and Koh Kong, according the Ministry of Health.

The ministry said in a report that as of July 6, more than 4.6 million people had been vaccinated, or about 46.54 per cent of the target 10 million people to be vaccinated by October or early November.

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