Vaccination of children aged six to 12, which started on September 17, looks set to be the first category that hits the 100 percent vaccinated mark among three age groups in Cambodia.
To date, 99.42 percent of the estimated 1,897,382 children in this age group have received at least one dose of the vaccine. This leaves the number of children who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 throughout the country at less than 11,000. This is a significant development that again highlights Cambodia’s expertise and achievements in ensuring its population is protected against the virus. Of 1,897,382 children, 1,886,403 have received the first dose while 1,509,057, of whom 746,282 are females, have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine. This makes it more and more likely for in-person learning to resume and schools for children in grades one to eight to reopen soon. Children are a nation’s future and Cambodian parents are very protective of their national treasure – their children and have gone to extraordinary lengths to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty said in late September that almost all children aged between 12 and 15 will get coronavirus without a vaccination. He added that without vaccination virtually any child would get infected at some point between 12 and 15-years-old. Prof Whitty told the Commons education committee that the highest rate of Covid-19 transmission is currently occurring in children this clearly accentuates the need to get vaccinated, all in the family who are eligible.
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