Fort Bend County has reached 73% of its residents being partially vaccinated, which means the county is coming very close to reaching herd immunity against COVID-19.
County Judge KP George announced the news late Saturday that Fort Bend has reached the goal set by President Joe Biden to have 70% of Americans to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Independence Day.
Although the rest of the country as a whole didn’t reach the White House’s goal, Fort Bend County did its best to reach it.
“Thank you to every Fort Bender that has done their part to end the pandemic and power the comeback!” George tweeted.
As of Monday, 72.8% of Fort Bend has at least one shot of the vaccine, while 63.4% of county residents ages 12 and over are fully vaccinated, George reported.
Fort Bend trails only El Paso County as being the most vaccinated counties in Texas among the 12-and-up population, with 76.5% of El Paso residents with one shot of vaccine and 65.7% are fully vaccinated.
Fort Bend County does boast the best vaccine rates in the state for those 65 and over, with 95.7% with one shot and 86.6% fully vaccinated.
George wants to keep the momentum going with vaccines to get the county to herd immunity, which means getting 70% of the county’s population to be fully vaccinated.
County to give away Skeeters tickets for vaccinations
George also announced that the county’s health department will be offering some incentives to those unvaccinated residents to get vaccinated. One of those is giving away free tickets to a Sugar Land Skeeters game on July 12 or 13 at the four county vaccination sites, including the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to get even more Fort Bend County residents vaccinated,” George said in a statement. “Our (Health and Human Services) Director Dr. Jacquelyn Minter has worked hard on our vaccine efforts and this partnership with the Sugar Land Skeeters is an example of her dedication and our efforts to ensure that the people of Fort Bend County are healthy and safe.”
The vaccines the county will offer are free and no appointments are required. Those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian so that they can sign a release.
The Fairgrounds will offer vaccinations on Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.