A senior health ministry official on April 28 lauded workers and the public for “volunteering to get vaccinated against Covid-19”.

Ministry of Health secretary of state Or Vandine, who doubles as the head of the National Ad-hoc Commission for Covid-19 Vaccination, was speaking to the press during a visit to a vaccination site at Samraong Thom Special Economic Zone in eastern Kandal province that aims to inoculate 6,000 workers.

Vandine argued that getting the jab, including third and fourth doses as prescribed by the government, would aid in combating and preventing the spread of the disease.

She called on those yet to receive a booster to do so and strengthen their immune system against the novel coronavirus.

The industrial park is located in Samrong Thom commune’s Prek Treng 2 village of Kandal’s Kien Svay district (GPS Coordinates: 11.4N, 105.23E).

As of April 28, over 14.92 million people – aged 3 and up – had received at least a first Covid-19 dose, representing 93.28 per cent of the estimated 16 million population, according to the health ministry.

On April 26, Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the mask-wearing mandate, citing Cambodia’s high vaccination rates, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to certain enclosed settings such as air-conditioned spaces.

Hun Sen also reiterated his call for the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19, at least with a third dose, which is now compulsory.