Fort Bend County continues to lead the state in residents getting the COVID-19 vaccination, with almost 52% of the county’s population that is 16 years and up now fully vaccinated.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 51.54% of Fort Bend residents are fully vaccinated, while 65% of the population has at least one shot of the vaccine. Which means that out of a population of 765,394, there are 406,281 that at least have one shot, while 321,803 of county residents are fully vaccinated.
Those numbers make Fort Bend County the top urban county in the state of Texas with fully vaccinated residents per capita. Cameron County comes next with a 50.97% vaccination rate, followed by Hidalgo County with 50.81%.
Fort Bend’s vaccination rate is much higher than neighboring Harris County, which only has 39.2% of its residents fully vaccinated. Brazoria County has a rate of 41.4%, and Wharton County has a 32% rate.
County Judge KP George quickly went to social media on Friday morning to congratulate residents for going to get the vaccine.
“In March of 2020, we received the first case of COVID-19 in Texas. Since then we have become the top urban county in the state for COVID-19 testing and now the top urban county in the state for COVID-19 vaccinations per capita,” George said. “Let me be clear: Fort Bend is only #1 in vaccinations among the urban counties in Texas because we have been intentional. The credit goes to our healthcare staff, frontline workers, non-profits, faith communities, educational partners, and, most importantly, you: our residents.
“While we are ahead of our peers and even the state, we have a long way to go. We have brought vaccination sites to every corner and even launched a mobile unit. I encourage everyone to sign up at http://fbchealth.org or even just walk up to a site to get your free shot.”
But while the county is getting more vaccines, there are more COVID-19 cases being reported. On Thursday night, the county reported 78 new cases of the virus, with 227 new recoveries and no deaths.
That moves the numbers to 58,238 total cases of COVID since the pandemic began in March of 2020, with 56,858 recoveries and 633 deaths.
At Tuesday’s commissioner’s court meeting, Fort Bend Health Director Dr. Jacquelyn Minter said that the vaccinations are beginning to lower the number of cases, but those now contracting the virus are trending to younger people.
“We are starting to see a shift in the age group, now in the 10-to-20-year-old age group,” Minter said. “That’s expected because we’re vaccinating older people and the virus is doing what it does, finding those who are susceptible, and that is our younger people.”