After its COVID-19 vaccine preregistration system reached capacity and closed Jan. 21, the online tool Fort Bend County Health and Human Services (FBCHHS) uses to facilitate vaccination appointments reopened Tuesday, County Judge KP George said during a news conference. George also said the county received a shipment of 12,000 vaccines Monday.
In addition, the county has partnered with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital to administer 16,000 vaccines at a drive-through clinic at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land from 7 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. As of Tuesday, Memorial Hermann’s registration site said all appointments had been filled.
The Smart Financial Centre COVID-19 testing site has been closed since Jan. 30, according to FBCHHS’s Facebook page.
According to the Week 6 vaccine allocation plan from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), the county received 5,850 vaccines, all of which are first doses.
Other facilities that received vaccine doses were a pair of Fort Bend Family Heath Center AccessHealth locations at 307 Texas Pkwy. Suite #100 in Missouri City and 10435 Greenbough Dr. Suite #300 in Stafford, receiving 100 doses each. Jester IV, a psychiatric facility of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Richmond prison at 4 Jester Rd. was allocated 200 doses.
FBCHHS had shut down its registration system last week because the county had enough residents who have signed up to use the nearly 6,000 vaccines it received from the state’s previous distribution.
George said “as of now” the county was vaccinating 1,400 people per day. As of Tuesday, the county had administered 4,647 vaccines, the same number the county had administered as of Jan. 27. During a Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting Jan. 26, Dr. Jacqueline Minter of FBCHHS said a portion of the vaccines provided were the Moderna vaccine, and “a larger portion” were of the Pfizer version. Both vaccines require two doses.
George said plans are underway to open vaccination sites in all four of the county’s precincts and the county expects to receive weekly shipments of additional vaccine doses.
Mark Flathouse, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said the county hopes to open additional sites within the next two weeks.
Minter did not speak at Tuesday’s news conference. Rita Obey, the spokesperson for FBCHHS, said residents should take note of changes to the registration process. Previously, she said residents were told to expect a call to schedule a vaccination appointment.
“(Applicants) will receive a message that will say in the coming weeks they will receive an email where you can schedule your appointment,” Obey said.
As of Tuesday, the county had also administered 123,605 COVID-19 tests. Residents can schedule a testing appointment here. There have been 442 deaths among county residents as a result of COVID-19 and 35,470 people have recovered from the disease caused by the coronavirus.
“We are doing everything possible to bring these vaccines as quickly as possible to our citizens,” George said. “Please be patient.”
The county said residents can call its vaccination hotline at (832) 471-1373 for more information about COVID-19 or the vaccine.