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More Corporate Area homeless persons vaccinated against COVID-19

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 9:31 AM
The vaccination blitz was conducted at Marie Atkins Night Shelter in downtown Kingston.  File photo.

A further 60 homeless persons in the Corporate Area have been vaccinated against COVID-19 by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC).

The exercise was conducted on Sunday to coincide with World Homeless Day.

The vaccination blitz was conducted at Marie Atkins Night Shelter in downtown Kingston.  

Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams told Tuesday's council meeting that the homeless persons received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was administered to 65 homeless people in August. 

“They are scheduled to have their second dose of the vaccine on Thursday of this week. By the end of Thursday, we would have fully vaccinated approximately 125 homeless persons,” Williams said. 

Meanwhile, Williams shared that phase one of the adult transitional facility at 163-167 King Street in downtown Kingston is 95 percent complete. 

The facility will be operated and managed by the KSAMC.

It will offer temporary care to members of the homeless population.

Through treatment and intervention provided, persons will be reintegrated into society.

“Once that is completed, we can begin to operate the facility. The second phase is just to add additional accommodation and some additional features,” the mayor said. 

Ground was broken by Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie on November 11, 2019, for the $140 million facility. 

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