Somerset County officials administer 550 hepatitis A vaccinations amid ShopRite scare

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Somerset County health officials say that they administered 550 doses of hepatitis A vaccines to ShopRite customers who were potentially exposed to the illness

Officials said that so many people showed up that they had to cut the line early so that they could get to everyone. The clinic stopped serving new people at 4:30 p.m. It was supposed to stay up until 8 p.m.

The scare comes after state health officials confirmed that a deli worker at the ShopRite located at 1 South Davenport St. in Somerville had the illness and handled some of the food. Anyone who ate items from the deli section of the store or who used the restroom from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 is at risk of being exposed.

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Some of the people who came for vaccines Wednesday told News 12 New Jersey that they were standing in line for over two hours due to the amount of people. They said that they were also upset with ShopRite for not protecting them.

“My whole family ate it and my animals ate it…I’m very concerned,” one customer told News 12. That customer said that she would not be going back to that ShopRite.

ShopRite officials said that the deli area has been thoroughly cleaned and all food handled by the worker has been thrown out.

“The safety of our customers and associates is our highest priority,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Somerset County health officials will hold another vaccine clinic on Thursday from 12-8 p.m.

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