Over 1,000 diners come out for precautionary vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Over 1,000 diners come out for precautionary vaccine

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

More than a thousand people came to the Lubbock Civic Center to get a hepatitis A vaccination on Friday after a scare at a local restaurant.

City health care workers will be on site administering shots until 7 p.m Friday.

The Lubbock Health Department is urging anyone who ate at Cheddar's Restaurant from Aug. 31 through Sept. 8 to come to the civic center for a precautionary vaccination.

Early lines were more than an hour long as concerned citizens said they'd rather be safe than sorry.

Diners of all ages came out for shots "just in case."

Natalie Noble was in line because she lives with one of the kitchen employees at Cheddar's. She said business has been slow since the news and workers are taking every precaution.

"They are encouraging family members to come out and get shots and get vaccinated so we all get healthy," Noble said.

Dale Johnson and his caregiver Guadalupe Martinez say they eat at the restaurant at least once a week.

"We go eat together there at Cheddar's and we're concerned," Martinez said.

Johnson and Martinez say their wait was only about 20 minutes just after noon, but the line really started to grow around lunch. Some had to wait more than an hour before getting their shot.

"I wasn't surprised because the guest count was over 7,000 so they're expecting quite a few people out," Noble said.

Chris Riley ate at the restaurant on Aug. 31, the first day of the health alert, and while he says he's felt fine, he came as a precaution.

"There wasn't a lot of real clear directions at the beginning of it but we went through it very quickly," Riley said.

While some folks were concerned, others like Johnson say with his vaccination, you can expect to see him at the restaurant soon.

"I love Cheddar's excellent restaurant and we've eaten there frequently so hope it all gets straightened out and we get to go there again," Johnson said.

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