Almost every Fort Bend County resident that is 65 years or older has at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to state officials.
As of Thursday, just under 94% of county residents in that age group has at least one shot, with 83.4% of that population fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
That makes Fort Bend one of the top metropolitan counties in the state in getting the vaccine to older residents. Harris County only has 70% of its 65-plus residents fully vaccinated, while Galveston County has 75.7% of its elderly population fully vaccinated. Nearby Wharton County only has 65.5% of its 65-plus population fully vaccinated.
Fort Bend also continues to have high numbers of its 12-years-and-up population getting the shot. Over 54.7% of those residents are fully vaccinated, while just over two-thirds have at least one shot.
Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, the health director for Fort Bend County, said at Tuesday’s commissioners’ court meeting that the vaccines are helping the number of new cases drop in the county.
Minter said that new COVID-19 cases in the county are now averaging 42 per day, which is down about 22 from one month ago. She also said that new cases are appearing in the 10-to-22-year-old range, which has gone up 22% from the previous month.
There were 13 new deaths reported last week, which moves the COVID-19 death toll in Fort Bend County to 651.
The county also reported 90 new cases on Wednesday and 119 new recoveries, moving the total number of COVID cases in the county to 59,000 and just over 58,000 total recoveries.
Minter also mentioned new areas that she wants to target to get the vaccine. In these targeted areas, some residents want the vaccine but cannot get to a pharmacy or vaccination site for some reason. Kendleton, Orchard and the northeast end of Rosenberg are areas Minter called “extremely vulnerable.”
“We have increased by these targeted efforts about 57% (since last week), and that’s by us continuing to go out and get 20, 30, 40 or 60 (people) when we go out,” Minter said.
“Any places or pockets that we are missing (for giving out the vaccine), let us know,” County Judge KP George said to the public.
“Seventy percent (of the county vaccinated) is our goal, and we definitely will get there.”