Hepatitis A Vaccine: Make Your Appointment (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose
By Rachel Martin

June 1, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health ran out of the Hepatitis A vaccine due to the high number of people wanting the shot this weekend but is now scheduling appointments for Tuesday.

The Department of Health is now scheduling appointments for Tuesday. Approximately 80 adult doses and a couple hundred pediatric doses will be available. Depending on demand they are reaching out to state and local vendors to try and order more vaccine supply.

You can call the Health Department at (260) 449-7514, to see if the vaccine is in and set an appointment.

After providing more than 1,100 Hepatitis A vaccinations this weekend, the Department of Health ran our at about 2:30 Sunday afternoon during one of its drive-thru clinics.

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Scores of cars backed up traffic on Homestead Road while people waited to get a vaccine for Hepatitis A.

The Allen County Health Department set up the free drive through clinic after a food worker at the 800° Three Fires restaurant on Illinois Road tested positive for the highly contagious virus.

If you ate at the 800° restaurant on Illinois Road between May 18th and May 26th, the health commissioner says you need a shot.

People we talked to weren't taking any chances.

“I was not believing that I was really there when it happened, but I guess it did, so my friend called me and told me "didn't we eat there during that time?" Sure did, and so now we're getting the shot,” says Janet Pleak.

“Just kinda wanted to know more about what Hepatitis A was and what the potential risk was, and definitely wanted to come and get a shot,” says Melissa Jacobs whose entire family needed the vaccine.

The free shots will be available until eight Saturday night and again Sunday from eleven to four at the Southwest Allen County Transportation Center on Homestead Road.




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