Fort Bend County residents ages 10-20 make up majority of recent COVID-19 cases

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on May 10 expanded Pfizer's emergency use authorization to include adolescents ages 12-15. (Courtesy Pexels)
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on May 10 expanded Pfizer's emergency use authorization to include adolescents ages 12-15. (Courtesy Pexels)

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on May 10 expanded Pfizer's emergency use authorization to include adolescents ages 12-15. (Courtesy Pexels)

The majority of recent COVID-19 cases in Fort Bend County have been infections among residents between the ages of 10 and 20, according to county officials.

Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson-Minter, director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, provided a brief update about the state of COVID-19 in the county to Fort Bend County commissioners during their May 11 meeting.

To date, 403,712 Fort Bend County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 317,000 residents are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The number of new COVID-19 cases is averaging 100 cases or less per day, Johnson-Minter said, adding that the number of hospitalizations and deaths is remaining stable.

The shift to seeing the most infections among younger residents is expected, Johnson-Minter said, since older residents were prioritized when vaccinations were first distributed.


“We’re vaccinating older people and the [COVID-19 virus] is just doing what it does—it’s finding those who are susceptible, and that is our younger people,” Johnson-Minter said.

However, the news that children ages 12-15 can now receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is promising, Johnson-Minter said, since the county can begin vaccinating those younger residents. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration expanded the drug's emergency use authorization to include adolescents on May 10.

“Now, we have another group to get going,” Johnson-Minter said.
By Morgan Theophil
Morgan joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2021 as the reporter for the Katy edition. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism in 2018.


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