Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 17 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen said that the Kingdom will study the need of fourth dose vaccination against COVID19 and if there is a green light, the Royal Government will take responsibilities, while seeking support of private sector.

The premier spoke at a press conference held on Friday morning at the Peace Palace on the launching ceremony of vaccination campaign for children aged from 6 to under 12 years old.

"This [vaccination of fourth dose] depends on the evolution of the COVID19 virus and the production of vaccines. We need to monitor this issue in global practice with the effectiveness of vaccines; and must also adhere to recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO)," the premier said.

"If fourth does is recommended, the government is responsible for purchasing vaccine and providing to people for free, but I also want to see private companies share the burden with the government," the premier underlined.

Vaccination against COVID19 is crucial for building a strong herd immunity and reducing mortality rate.

As of 16 September, Cambodia has inoculated more than 98 percent of its target 10 million adults, and 87.5 percent for children aged 12 to under 18 years old.

Cambodia has so far vaccinated over 72 percent of the total population. Cambodian government plans to build a strong herd immunity by fully vaccinating up to 91 percent of the total population of 16 million.