Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
People queue to get a fourth coronavirus jab in the capital’s Chroy Changvar district on Sunday. Currently, only the Pfizer jab is available as a second booster shot. Hong Menea

Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot.

Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer vaccines, are available only in Phnom Penh currently as the jabs require cold storage at a temperature lower than 80 degrees Celsius and Cambodia does not have this capability in the provinces yet.

“In the provinces, there is no such cooling system yet, but actually we plan to arrange this when this cooling system arrives in our country with UNICEF as the supplier. If everything goes as planned, the cooling systems may arrive in Cambodia in late February,” she added.

She continued that when the cooling systems arrive, the ministry will install and distribute it to the provincial health departments and the vaccines will be distributed in the same sequence as previously.

Vandine noted that other makes could also be administered as a fourth-dose in the foreseeable future.

“If we do not have the Pfizer vaccines, we can also use the AstraZeneca or Moderna jabs. We can use them as a fourth dose. And if we do not have these two vaccines, then we can also use the Sinovac and Sinopharm jabs,” she said.

She called on people to get their third doses anywhere in the country and fourth shot in Phnom Penh.

On January 10, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered municipal and provincial governors and authorities at all levels to encourage people to get their fourth dose with the Pfizer vaccines.

“I have issued an order to inoculate anyone from anywhere with Pfizer in Phnom Penh should they request it. If anyone wants to get the Pfizer vaccines, we will administer them because the jabs cannot be taken out to the countryside as they require cold storage at lower than 80 degrees Celsius,” Hun Sen said.

According to the health ministry, Cambodia has vaccinated 89.42 per cent of an estimated population of 16 million.

Vaccinations have so far been for those aged 5 and older, and the government is considering jabs for children aged 3-4.

“There is no final decision on children aged 3 and 4. We have to wait and see if there are any negative effects in various other countries that have jabbed three and four-year-olds,” Hun Sen said last week.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio