Fort Bend County officials are preparing to open additional COVID-19 vaccination sites so that the county will be able to administer more vaccines as soon as they become available.

Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson-Minter, director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, said during a Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting Jan. 26 that the county is continuing to administer vaccines at one location but is aiming to open additional locations soon.

“In the coming weeks, or the coming days, I should say, we are looking at opening an additional site—at least one,” she said. “Others are also on the horizon.”

County officials opened registration Jan. 21 for individuals to sign up for the vaccine after the county received 5,850 Pfizer doses. Minter said health officials are still working on vaccinating those who were previously preregistered, and more than 4,600 people have received one of those vaccines.

Minter said the public will be notified as more vaccines become available. Preregistration is not available at this time.

“We know [the vaccine] is limited throughout the country—not just in our state, but everywhere,” she said. “But I think [commissioners have] done a really good job to make sure that people know that Fort Bend county is in need.”

County Judge KP George reminded residents that county officials are working to get more allocations of the vaccine and are preparing to distribute vaccines as soon as they are received.

“We are doing everything possible to get this vaccine as quick as possible to bring it to our citizens,” he said. “Please be patient.”

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