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Provinces set for large-scale Covid vaccinations

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A health worker administers the Sinovac vaccine to a man. Heng Chivoan

Provinces set for large-scale Covid vaccinations

Several provinces with a high number of workers including Kampong Speu, Takeo and Svay Rieng are set to kick off large-scale vaccinations in a campaign administered by the ministries of Health and National Defence.

Kampong Speu plans to start large-scale vaccinations for workers and residents in populated areas from June 22, according to governor Vei Samnang.

Samnang confirmed to The Post on June 19 that the inoculation will be administered by 400 military medics in eight target districts after his province received 550,000 doses.

“In our plan, we will vaccinate those who are at high risk of contracting Covid-19 ... with a particular focus on garment workers. Vaccinations had actually already started in small scale for civil servants, inmates and some garment workers, but we did not announce because we had limited vaccines,” he said.

Half of the latest 550,000 doses, he said, will be used for garment workers while another half will be for populated areas in the province.

In the meantime, Takeo province also plans to vaccinate people in three districts of Bati, Samrong and Tram Kak, according to provincial administration chief Meas Uy.

Uy said military medics will administer the process in Bati and Samrong, while the medical workers from the provincial health department will carry out the work for Tram Kak.

He said the vaccinations had actually started since last week for civil servants and detainees. The next phase is for migrant workers and people in districts determined as Covid-19 hotspot.

In Svay Rieng province, health department director Ke Ratha said the province had already completed the first phase of vaccinations for those at high risk of transmission including health and tax officials and other frontline workers.

The second phase focus on provincial, district and commune officials, while the third will target all people in Bavet town and two districts of Kampong Rou and Rumduol.

“People at the locations that are home to many workers have to be vaccinated first ... We expect to receive more vaccines in July,” he said.

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