Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says the Ministry should receive 5,000 doses of the flu vaccine to dispense to front-line health workers who are at most serious risk of contracting swine flu.

Dr. Tufton says 3,000 doses of the vaccine have been ordered through the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO and are scheduled to arrive in the island by the middle of this month.

One thousand doses arrived from Trinidad on Wednesday and have already been distributed, while another one-thousand doses is expected to arrive from Belize.

Dr. Tufton admits that the doses of the vaccine provided to healthcare workers to date, is inadequate.

He says its customary for the Health Ministry to routinely offer the flu vaccine to its front-line health workers from as early as October each year and continue to make it available to those who wish to be vaccinated against influenza.

According to Dr. Tufton he has already given instructions for preparations to begin for the next flu season, which begins in October this year.