Fort Bend County has now administered 990,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

This new data was announced at the Nov. 23 Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting by Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. This data accounts for all vaccine shots given by any provider.

The number of vaccinated people also includes 6,000 children between the ages of 5 to 11, according to Minter. Fort Bend County started distributing the vaccine to this age group Nov. 9, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

Despite the large number of vaccinations, Minter reminded the public that precautions should still be taken to decrease the number of cases, as the county has recorded 1,006 deaths due to complications from COVID-19.

“We have many tools in our toolbox to protect against the spread of [COVID-19], and these include vaccinations, face coverings in crowded spaces, avoiding group settings when we are ill, and testing and early diagnosis, which allow us to receive effective treatments,” Minter said.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services encourages its residents to remember to take the necessary precautions for those at a higher risk as the holiday season commences.

“One life is too many lives to lose,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said.