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Fort Bend County to administer COVID-19 vaccinations from new Mobile Health Unit

Fort Bend County’s Mobile Health Unit will administer vaccinations in portions of the county that are economically disadvantaged or lack access to transportation, said County Judge KP George. (Screenshot courtesy Fort Bend County)

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced the launch of a new Mobile Health Unit, a trailer that will bring COVID-19 vaccinations to underserved areas of the county.

The Mobile Health Unit will help the county achieve herd immunity—understood as having 70{41490b4d0cf0dbc5ec3f65e11fff509c7d6ed2a53a838ebf7adf43f0908f07f3} or more of the population vaccinated against the coronavirus—by administering shots in portions of the county that are economically disadvantaged or lack access to transportation—George said during an April 13 press conference.

“This mobile unit is going to be an added tool to what we are doing already,” George said. “The purpose is … showing our community we care about them … and if you cannot come to our locations, we will come to you.”

As of April 12, 31.5{41490b4d0cf0dbc5ec3f65e11fff509c7d6ed2a53a838ebf7adf43f0908f07f3} of Fort Bend County residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Mobile Health Unit was approved by Commissioners Court and funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant said the Mobile Health Unit will continue to serve the Fort Bend County community once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

“[The Mobile Health Unit] is another great step toward making our county even healthier than it is today,” DeMerchant said. “This unit has long-term effects on health.”

In addition to the Mobile Health Unit, Fort Bend County EMS is providing vaccines to homebound seniors in the community registered through a partnership with Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. The county said under this program, paramedics are able to administer 70 vaccines per day.

Furthermore, George reduced the COVID-19 threat level in Fort Bend County from orange—or moderate to significant community risk—to yellow, which represents low to moderate community risk April 13.

Still, George encouraged Fort Bend County to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, wear masks and social distance.

“But, with this improvement, we have to continue to be vigilant,” George said. “It’s not the time to let our guard down.”