LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) – A homeless shelter in Kentucky begins by requiring visitors to be vaccinated against hepatitis A.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported that Ginny Ramsey, co-founder of the Catholic Action Center, says Shelter is offering free Hepatitis A vaccines to those who do not have health insurance. The Lexington Shelter will begin enforcing the requirement Aug. 6.
Ramsey says the request was approved this month after organizers learned that a homeless on the ground has tested positive for hepatitis A. Ramsey says that the disease quickly spread to the homeless population of another city she did not want to happen again.
Polly Ruddick is the director of Lexington's Homeless Intervention and Prevention Bureau. Ruddick says the shelter will not receive any city or state funds and will be the only shelter in Lexington that requires immunization.