George announces raise in COVID level

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announces that the county’s COVID-19 level has been raised to red at the Fort Bend County Courthouse.

After receiving the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, Fort Bend County Judge KP George is already asking for more shipments as inoculations have begun.

In a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, George is asking for more doses of the vaccine after receiving 1,000 doses last week.

“The demand for the vaccine is much greater than the supply we have acquired thus far,” George wrote. “We have also received countless questions and communication urging for a more rapid response.”

The Texas Tribune reported on Thursday that state officials said that 200,000 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed by the state, with most of them going to large “vaccination hubs” that can inoculate up to 100,000 people.

Earlier this week, Fort Bend County began giving out its share of the vaccine to its clinical workers, and will begin giving out to residents at a later date.

Over 5,000 county residents preregistered to get the vaccine on the county’s webpage, George said. The preregistration has been paused until more of the vaccine is available.

George said in the letter that he and county officials want to work with the state on getting more

“We understand the many challenges we face throughout the distribution process and want to work closely with the state to help make this process run as efficiently and smoothly as possible,” George wrote.

“We hope that as the high demand for the vaccine continues, prioritizing shipments to our local public health departments and increasing the supply will be considered.”

The state has already shipped 1.4 million doses of the vaccine, according to state numbers, with 475,000 Texas residents receiving the first dose of the vaccine, according to state data.

Meanwhile, OakBend Medical Center announced that they have deployed the 1,000 doses of the vaccine that they have received. But they also have announced that as of Thursday, they have not received an additional shipment of the vaccine for patients and the general public, and are not scheduling any distribution of the vaccine until a new shipment comes in.

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