Fort Bend County continues to be one of the most vaccinated counties in Texas, but the numbers of vaccinations in Fort Bend are beginning to slow down.
Last week, 25,699 county residents received a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is down from the previous week when 43,618 vaccinations were administered. That was a drop from the 63,873 vaccinations from April 5-11, the highest number of vaccinations in a week for Fort Bend.
It could be the beginning of a sign that those in Fort Bend that want and are able to get the shot has gotten at least a shot, and the work will now begin to get those who are unable to get the shot to get vaccinated.
So far, 608,723 doses of vaccine have been administered in the county, and 55% of Fort Bend residents have at least one shot of vaccine, while 40% of the county’s 16-and-over population is fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Compared to the rest of the state in Texas, only 47.4% of the state has at least one shot of the vaccine, while just one-fourth of them are fully vaccinated.
County Judge KP George joined Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Congressman Al Green (D-Houston) for a vaccine drive at the Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land on Saturday.
“We are all working together to protect our communities,” Zimmerman said at the drive. “It is important to help every individual in this region to get vaccinated.”
Also, the county now offers Pfizer vaccines with no appointment necessary at its vaccine locations, including at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
Also, the county will hold a vaccine drive for teenagers 16 and up on Friday and Saturday at Katy Mills Mall.
Last week, 573 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the county’s health department, along with 585 new recoveries and two deaths, including a female in her 50s and another female in her 80s.
That moves the county number to a total of 56,802 cases, with 55,400 recoveries and 597 deaths since the pandemic began.
For more information on the vaccination process and to get tested for COVID-19, go to www.fbchealth.org, or call the vaccination hotline at 832-471-1373 for questions on the process.