Vets get vaccinated

Navy veteran Jason Johnson of Katy gets vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at VFW Post 3903 in Rosenberg. The former Navy Corpsman, who once administered shots to fellow sailors, was among more than 400 veterans inoculated this past weekend. About 400 veterans received the first dose two weeks ago. The VFW post will offer another round of vaccine in the coming week for those who still need to be inoculated against the novel coronavirus.

Fort Bend County residents are getting vaccinated from COVID-19 at an amazing rate compared to the rest of the state of Texas.

As of Monday, 40.5% of county residents 16 and older have at least taken one shot of the vaccine, and over a quarter of them are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Meanwhile, over 8 million state residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 4.6 million are fully vaccinated, which is 15.7% of Texas residents.

Last Monday was the first day that all people ages 16 and up became eligible for the vaccine in Texas.

Of those fully vaccinated residents in Fort Bend County, 30.4% of them are White, 22.9% are Asian, 12.8% are Black and 11.5% are Hispanic.

Comparing with the state totals, Fort Bend has a higher percentage among Asian and Black residents, with only 5.85% of Asians in the state are fully vaccinated, as well as 8.68% of Blacks in the state.

Over 41.7% of Whites in Texas are fully vaccinated, along with 21.5% of Hispanics.

The highest rate of fully vaccinated residents in Fort Bend is women from ages 16 to 49, with over 31,000 of them, at 19.9%. Only 14% of men in that age group are fully vaccinated.

So far, 355,990 of over 16.6 million doses of vaccine have been allocated to Fort Bend County by the state. Of those, around 111,276 doses, or 31%, have been given out by the county, according to the Fort Bend County health department.

On Thursday, the county reported 86 new cases of COVID-19 and 99 new recoveries, moving the total number of cases to 54,879 and the total number of recoveries to 53,143. The death toll remains at 579.

The hospitalization rate in Fort Bend has dipped down to 9.35% after jumping to 10.35% on Saturday. The rate rose sharply from 6.84% on March 31, meaning that there may be a jump in new cases in the last week.

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