‘It will take time’: Fort Bend County set to begin COVID-19 vaccinations

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Vaccinations of the COVID-19 vaccine were set to begin in Fort Bend County Tuesday, by appointment only.

It received its first shipment of 1,000 doses of the Pfvizer vaccine Monday.

It’ll provide 500 people with the necessary two doses.

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“I am incredibly hopeful about the future as we continue to receive shipments of the vaccine,” County Judge KP George said in a statement.

He said he believes it’s a historic moment for the county and said there is hope on the horizon in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Officials were working to start the free vaccinations Tuesday, by appointment only.

George said they would be given at multiple locations in the county, much like testing sites.

On Monday, 5,000 residents registered for the vaccine on the county’s website.

A message on the website on Tuesday said, “We have reached pre-registration capacity.”

The county said it’ll re-open once a significant number of registrants are vaccinated or they get a large supply of the vaccine.

With the demand far greater than the supply, George asked for patience. Those who have registered should expect to be contacted and will be provided a time and place to go and receive the vaccine, the judge said.

“It will take time and we must all continue to wear masks, physically distance and avoid gatherings for a few more months until we can vaccinate a large part of the population,” he said.

George said the COVID-19 numbers are extremely high and that the county is under red alert, which is the highest level.

“If you look at 6-8 weeks ago, maybe 6-7 weeks ago, our COVID numbers were at 21,00-22,000 positive cases, today it is 33,000 plus,” he said.

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