Health Officials Still Urging Village Tavern Customers From Oct. 30th To Get Hep A Vaccination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County Health officials say an employee with Hepatitis A handled food at a restaurant in SouthPark.

Free Hepatitis A vaccines are being offered to anyone who visited Village Tavern on Congress Street on October 30th.

The vaccines will still be available at the health departments on Billingsley Road and Beatties Ford Road on Tuesday from 8am-5pm.

Clinics will also be set up at the Billingsley Road health department on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am-12pm.

So far, health officials say 203 people have been vaccinated. 21 were vaccinated Thursday, and another 182 patients were vaccinated on Friday.

The Village Tavern, Inc. says they have been working proactively with the NC Department of Health since the discovery. They released the following statement Thursday evening:

“Yesterday, we were notified by the NC Department of Health of this situation and are taking precautionary steps to protect our other employees and our customers,” said Tony Santarelli, President and CEO of The Village Tavern, Inc. “The employee was not aware or showing symptoms the day he reported to work; and we are not aware of anyone getting sick or this employee infecting anyone. That said, food safety and personal hygiene are of the greatest importance in all of our restaurants, so we are proactively taking every step necessary to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and guests.”

“All of our South Park employees are being vaccinated within the next 24 hours, per the recommendation of nurses at the Communicable Disease Department,” added Santarelli. “We also encourage our customers who dined with us on October 30 to be vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The Health Department has inspected the restaurant multiple times in the past 24 hours and found the restaurant’s procedures to be in full compliance. “South Park opened its doors in 1989,” said Santarelli. “Since then, the health and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our greatest priority.” 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver’s ability to function, according to the Mayo Clinic. Learn more about Hepatitis A by clicking HERE.

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