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Fort Bend County receives more than 5,000 COVID vaccines

The county said it will begin scheduling appointments for those already pre-registered Thursday.

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Fort Bend County received a total of 5,850 doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine Thursday from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said health officials will begin scheduling appointments for those already pre-registered as early as Thursday afternoon.  

"We ask our pre-registered residents to please keep their phones close by and to answer when we call to ensure that we are able to schedule their appointment," George wrote in a statement.

There are already more than 5,000 Fort Bend residents already on the waiting list for the vaccine, health officials said. 

George said he knows residents are frustrated, and he too is frustrated, with not having enough of the vaccine available to meet the demand. 

"I think it all will get better," said George. "Unfortunately, the state and the federal government are in charge of that distribution and I'm hoping things will get better."

Although it appears most of the recent shipment of the vaccine will go to those already pre-registered, the county will be re-opening its pre-registration link at 2 p.m. Thursday. 

Those who are not already registered and wish to apply for the vaccine can do so by visiting this link

Remember you have to be apart of the state's Phase 1A and 1B vaccination plan to receive the COVID vaccine. 

Fort Bend County was designated a vaccination hub by the state as well as Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties. 

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Fort Bend does not have any hubs set up at this time, but officials said they are working on it and have the resources available to vaccinate at least 1,000 people per day.