MAASIN CITY, April 23(PIA) -- As more health workers, frontliners got inoculated against COVID-19 virus, people from the city start inquiring as to when they will be vaccinated, as well.

City Health Officer Dr. Francilisa Tan reported during the City Nutrition Council meeting recently, more people have shown their desire to be protected against the said virus.

“ Inquiries from people asking when they can get the vaccination kept pouring in through text messages, phone calls,” Dr. Tan reported.

Last week, the city health unit received 437 vials of Sinovac vaccines from the national government where 326 frontliners received their first dose while the remaining vials were intended for the second dose of some healthcare workers this week, she said.

The first dose recipients were identified as the priority groups like nurses, dentists, dental assistants, pharmacists, barangay health workers, PDRRMO personnel, Bureau of Fire Protection emergency responders and the local chapter of the Philippine Red Cross staff.

Tan further disclosed that a total of 1,040 people in the capital town of Southern Leyte got vaccinated last week.

“ This is about one percent of the total population of Maasin City, “ Dr. Tan reported.

The local health officer get instructions from the Department of Health (DOH)- Eastern Visayas that senior citizens can now be inoculated with Sinovac vaccines.

Meanwhile, the city government again receive another batch of 122 vials of Sinovac vaccines from the national government and started the vaccinations for the barangay health workers, Tan added. (nbq/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)