Hundreds turn out after hepatitis A scare
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April 27, 2009 06:50 PM
patrons overwhelm vaccine clinic
By Amanda Persico
Hundreds of coffee consumers skipped
the afternoon caffeine fix and headed straight for the clinic, causing
traffic backlogs and long lines in the heat.
After two cases of
hepatitis A were found at the Yonge Street and Savage Road Tim Hortons
restaurant last week, York Region health opened a vaccine clinic at the
Newmarket Health Centre today.
After a little more than
an hour of being open to those who ate at the restaurant between April 2
and 22, police officers were called to control the influx of traffic along
Police are re-directing
people to the vaccine clinic at the Magna Centre from 4 to 8 p.m.
Health centre employees
handed out flyers about the second clinic to drivers caught in the backlog
along Eagle and Sandford streets. Police officers announced the location of
the second clinic through a megaphone. One office even took an advertising
sandwich-board and wrote the message in pen for passersby.
With hundreds lining up
for the free vaccination, the wait is already at the two hour mark as
people who arrived at the clinic at 3:30 p.m. were just leaving.
"It's a long
process, all the waiting and not knowing. It's moving in bits and
pieces," said Newmarket resident Gerri Vanveen, who visited the Tim
Hortons April 13 and ordered coffee and doughnuts.
"It's a heads-up on
what can happen and are we prepared for it."
Employees are handing out
water to people lined up out the front door and around the building,
waiting to fill out consent forms and then into a nursing station for the
There are two public
vaccination clinics open. One is at the Newmarket Health Centre at 194
Eagle St. and the other at the Magna Centre at 800 Mulock Dr. Both clinics
are open until 8 p.m.