Cambodia will begin inoculating children from three to five years old amid a rise in daily cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said today. In an audio message released publicly, Hun Sen said since the Omicron hit the kingdom in mid-December last year, over 20 percent of the infected have been children aged five or younger. He said even his 21st grandchild, aged less than two years old, had also been infected with the Omicron variant, adding: ‘So, it’s necessary to vaccinate children aged from three to under five years old in order to protect them against the Omicron variant.’ Approximately 700 000 kids are in this age group across the country, he said, adding that vaccines not only reduce the chance of infection but also help mitigate disease severity in case a person becomes infected.