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’It is literally a drop in the bucket’: Fort Bend County Judge says he’s equally frustrated over wait for more COVID-19 vaccines

HOUSTON – Fort Bend County Judge KP George said he’s equally as frustrated as others waiting on COVID-19 vaccines.

The county received about 1,000 doses last week but they’re already gone.

“It is literally a drop in the bucket,” he said.

The county is capable of hosting a vaccine hub, even though it’s not on the initial list released by the state, the judge said.

“If we get the vaccine, we would be able to handle thousands of vials of vaccine. We are ready to do that,” George said.

The problem: The county needs more doses and it’s not alone.

Montgomery County currently does not have enough vaccines to begin large scale vaccinations but it’s ready to start those operations once enough doses arrive at local providers, according to the county’s office of homeland security and emergency management.

Numbers from the Texas vaccine dashboard show the number of doses allocated to Montgomery, Galveston and Harris counties has dropped each week since week two.

Still, Judge George is optimistic.

“The vaccine is on its way and I don’t have an exact date or time when it is coming but as soon as we get it, we will inform you,” he said.

He also said the county is ready to open four or five vaccine locations but it needs the doses to arrive first.