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Public told to get second dose of Covishield

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An elder woman receives her first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh in March 2021. Heng Chivoan

Public told to get second dose of Covishield

The national Covid-19 vaccination commission has reminded those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine – marketed as Covishield – for their first dose to get their second within the recommended interval.

In a notice on May 27, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine, who is also head of the commission, said one needs to get the second dose of Covishield in eight to 12 weeks after the first shot in order for their body to develop effective immunity against Covid-19.

According to the ministry, 156,650 people have had their first dose of Covishield while 99,198 people have received their second shot.

Separately, the ministry said that from February 10 to May 26 Cambodia had administered the first shot of Covid-19 vaccinations to 2,362,101 people, or about 23.62 per cent, and the second dose to 1,751, 283 people across the country.

During the 74th World Health Assembly on May 26, health minister Mam Bun Heng said the government had the goal of vaccinating at least 10 million people by June 2022. So far, more than two million people have been vaccinated.

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