Updated Feb. 10

The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services COVID-19 vaccine preregistration portal closed Feb. 9 after reaching capacity. Residents with questions about preregistration or the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to call the vaccination hotline at 832-471-1373.

First posted Feb. 9

An additional 8,000 COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Fort Bend County and will soon be distributed to county residents.

The county received the additional doses Feb. 9, County Judge KP George said. As of 9 a.m., the county had reopened preregistration for residents to sign up to receive the vaccine through its online portal at www.fbchealth.org.

“We finally see the hope; we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” George said.

Only individuals who qualify under Phases 1A or 1B of the state’s vaccination plan may register at this time. Residents who fall into those categories include front-line health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, residents age 65 and older, or those with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19.

In the past week, about 7,000 vaccines have been distributed daily throughout the county, George said, including those administered by local hospitals and the county health department.

“I was able to visit each site; it was running smoothly, and we continue to expect the same activity [going forward],” he said.

Since the county has been deemed a vaccination hub by the state, he said, officials expect that vaccines will be allocated to the county on a regular basis.

Residents with questions about preregistration, the COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 in general are encouraged to call the vaccination hotline at 832-471-1373 or visit www.fbchealth.org.