A second free clinic has been set up to vaccinate city workers who could have been infected with hepatitis A.
Yesterday 164 people visited a free clinic set up after a public health warning was issued for people who bought food at SumoSalad on Kent Street in Sydney, where a staff member was diagnosed with the condition.
A spokeswoman for the South East Sydney Local Health District said 153 of those who visited the free clinic received a hepatitis A vaccination yesterday.
The vaccinations will also be offered in the General Outpatients Department of Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street, Sydney, between 4pm and 6pm today.
Customers who ate salad or sandwiches at SumoSalad between July 19 and 26 are being offered the free vaccine in case they were exposed to the disease.
People who ate there between July 11 and 19 could also have been exposed, but the vaccine would not be effective for them as it must be delivered within two weeks of exposure.
The director of public health for the South East Sydney Local Health District, Mark Ferson, said the second clinic had been set up to see anyone who might not have been able to attend yesterday.
“There were reasonable numbers who attended yesterday so we wanted to be available [to people who missed out],” he said.
Professor Ferson said that, once people had attended the clinic, they should not need any follow-up treatment, although if they experienced symptoms they should see a doctor.
He said it was vital that people were vaccinated as soon as possible after exposure to hepatitis A, and that anyone who might have been exposed was extra careful about washing their hands and dealing with food hygienically.