Victoria Times Colonist (04.01.12) - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Following the hepatitis A diagnosis of an employee at the
Fairway Market on Quadra Street in Victoria, health officials
urged everyone who ate at the deli on specific dates to get
immunized against the virus. Clinics were held Saturday and
Sunday; however, about 200 people were turned away after
vaccine supplies ran out.
Roughly 110 doses were administered Saturday at the Victoria
Health Unit on Cook Street. The remaining 640 available doses
had been given out by late Sunday afternoon, even as the line
of people waiting for the shot stretched from Pembroke Street
to Caledonia Avenue. "A lot of people are not happy about it,"
said one woman who stood in line for nearly two hours before
being told the vaccine had run out.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Charmaine Enns said the public's
response was a bit of a surprise. "We don't normally keep that
much vaccine around for hepatitis A," she said. "We didn't
really know how many to expect." The Vancouver Island Health
Authority (VIHA) had said anyone who ate food prepared in-
store at the Fairway Market at 2635 Quadra St. on March 18-20,
22, 25 or 26 should receive the hepatitis A vaccine as a
Customers who ate at the deli March 7-15 also may have been
exposed, but for them too much time has passed for the vaccine
to prevent infection, Enns said.
VIHA is continuing to provide immunizations to Fairway
employees and customers at a drop-in clinic this Monday-
Thursday, 1-5 p.m., 1947 Cook St.