A total of 125 homeless persons have been vaccinated so far in Kingston as reported by the parish’s mayor, Senator Council Deleon Williams while speaking at the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on Tuesday, at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
Williams stated that 60 individuals got the jab on World Homeless Day which was on Sunday October 10th. The vaccinations were administered at the Marie Atkins Shelter in downtown, Kingston.
Some 65 persons were earlier vaccinated in August.
The Mayor encouraged persons who were previously vaccinated to turn up for the second dose on October 14th.
The mayor also gave an update on the adult transitional facility that’s now being constructed on King Street in the parish. Williams detailed that the first phase of the project is about 95% complete and the centre is expected to be up and running by the end of 2021.
The location will offer temporary care to members of the homeless population in Kingston and St. Andrew.
The transitional home is also intended to facilitate the reintegration of homeless persons back into the society through treatment and other interventions.
The cost to build the much needed facility is almost $140 million.