Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Hundreds Vaccinated For Hepatitis A In Downtown San Diego In Effort To Curb Outbreak

A patient receives a hepatitis A vaccination at a public clinic in downtown S...

Photo by Susan Murphy

Above: A patient receives a hepatitis A vaccination at a public clinic in downtown San Diego, Sept. 22, 2017.

More than 250 people received shots against hepatitis A at a clinic in downtown San Diego Thursday, as efforts continued to contain an outbreak that has killed 16 and sickened more than 400.

The clinic, in the community concourse outside city hall, was scheduled to run through 4 p.m.

RELATED: Public Health Emergency Declared In San Diego County Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

The event was hosted by the city of San Diego, Downtown San Diego Partnership and American Medical Response, which provides the city with ambulance services.

The outbreak, which started in November, has primarily hit the homeless and drug users. However, health officials encourage other groups of people to get vaccinated, including first responders, food handlers, health care professionals, service workers who interact with the homeless, workers in substance abuse programs and public transit employees.

RELATED: Amidst Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak, Largest Provider of Homeless Services In San Diego Speaks Out

More than 22,000 San Diegans have been vaccinated so far.

The city is also offering hepatitis A shots at public libraries. Information can be obtained by calling 211 or going to


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.