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1,900 of 5,000 medical frontliners in Manila registered for Sinovac vaccination —Isko

Around 1,900 out of the 5,000 medical frontliners in Manila have registered for inoculation using the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac, Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday, the start of the vaccination in the city.

Interviewed on Unang Balita on Tuesday, Moreno said the number of total registration increased after the symbolic vaccination at the Philippine General Hospital on Monday, where the first official COVID-19 shot in the country was administered.

“Dumami ‘yung nagparehistro. In fact 1,900 ang nagparehistro,” he said.

“Sa higit kumulang 5,000 na medical frontliners ng lungsod ng Maynila -- Manila Health Department at anim na ospital -- hinihikayat ko sila na huwag nilang sayangin 'yung pagkakataon na mabigyan ng proteksyon ang kanilang katawan,” he added.

A ceremonial vaccination will be conducted at Sta. Ana Hospital where around 200 medical frontliners will receive the first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac.

According to Moreno, the Manila government received 3,000 doses from the 600,000 that arrived in the country on Sunday.

“Dumating kahapon ng alas kuwatro ng hapon yung 3,000 does for our six hospitals, local government-owned,” he said.

Moreno said they will follow the instruction of the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to prioritize healthcare workers.

According to Jonathan Andal's report on Unang Balita, 300 vials of Sinovac vaccines also arrived in Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center at 12:20 a.m.

In San Lazaro Hospital, the vaccines arrived at 1:15 a.m. It took 30 minutes for the health facility to receive the delivery of vaccines because they thought the vaccines will arrive later in the morning. --KBK, GMA News