Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood Edition | September 2021

Hispanic and white individuals make up the majority of fully vaccinated residents in Harris and Montgomery counties, respectively. In both counties, individuals in the 16-49 age group make up the majority of vaccinated residents. Who's getting VACCINATED

HARRIS COUNTY

FULLYVACCINATEDRESIDENTS ASOF SEPT. 20

BY AGE GROUP

BYRACEETHNICITY

12-15 years: 5.2% 16-49 years: 54.5% 50-64 years: 23.7% 65-79 years: 13.6% 80+ years: 3.1%

Hispanic: 36.08% White: 26.07% Other: 13.59% Black: 11.23% Asian: 8.06% Unknown: 4.96%

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

FULLYVACCINATEDRESIDENTS ASOF SEPT. 20

BY AGE GROUP

BYRACEETHNICITY

12-15 years: 4.8% 16-49 years: 48% 50-64 years: 25.1% 65-79 years: 18% 80+ years: 4.1%

Hispanic: 22.26% White: 51% Other: 14.29% Black: 4.19% Asian: 3.67% Unknown: 5.03%

SOURCES: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, 2019 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

later expanded the program to include all medical providers countywide. The program was further extended to run through Sept. 14. In Montgomery County, however, Willingham said the MCPHD has not received American Rescue Plan Act funds, which can be used to pay for incentives for vaccinations, as these funds were allocated directly to Mont- gomery County. The county received $57 million in 2021 and expects another $57 million in 2022. “The U.S. Department of Treasury is encouraging local governments to use these funds to enhance vaccination eorts, including providing individual vaccine incentives,” Willingham said. While using ARPA funds to incentivize vaccines was proposed, Montgomery County commissioners opted Aug. 10 to allocate $150,000 to be used for medical supplies and personal protective equipment, $9 million to bring additional hospital sta to the county to meet current demand and $6 million to be used for mental health services. Looking ahead With Pzer’s third dose—a vaccine booster shot available tosomepatients eight months after full vaccination— coming down the pipeline, county

ocials are gearing up for another spike in demand this fall. While the third dose is only avail- able for those age 16 and older who are immunocompromised, Kiger said she expects eligibility to be expanded in the coming weeks. In preparation, the HCPH COVID-19 Division is ramp- ing up its eorts as many fully vac- cinated residents will soon hit their eight-month booster shot milestone. “We’re able to see within our data- base which patients who got their rst and second dose from us will be due for their dose, and so we’re planning appropriately for that,” Kiger said. While Willingham said Montgom- ery County is awaiting guidance from the state on booster shot distribu- tion, the MCPHD and the MCHD will be ready to help administer booster shots if and when the time comes. “There is still so much that isn’t known about this virus,” Willingham said. “What we know for sure is vaccinations are highly eective at preventing hospitalization and death. The vast majority of people who are hospitalized or die with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.”

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