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FDA approves Pfizer vaccine while Travis County trudges toward goal 80% vaccination goal

Anyone over the age of 12 years old can get vaccinated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine—Pfizer, which will now be marketed as "Comirnaty"—for individuals over the age of 16 years old on Monday. For those 12-15 years old, the vaccine is still under emergency use authorization.

"The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic," Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said. "As the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product."

In order to get approved by the FDA, the agency evaluates data and information from the vaccine's biologics license application, which includes manufacturing details, testing results and site inspection.

Pfizer has been approved under emergency use authorization since Dec. 11, 2020 for those 16 and older and for those 12 years and older since May 10, 2021.

The move could bring some confidence in the vaccine to unvaccinated Austinites. About 70% of Travis County residents are partially vaccinated, almost 60% fully vaccinated. As of Friday, 753 new cases were reported and Austin area ICUs had 222 beds filled.

Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said in a Friday press conference that the spread is largely due to the unvaccinated and can be controlled by committing to prevention methods like getting vaccinated, masking in public and staying home if you feel sick.

"As our hospitals are now experiencing larger numbers of cases, this is impacting our ICU capacity, and it is largely due to people who are not vaccinated in our community so we also urge that people go and get vaccinated now," Walkes said. "I would hope that going forward that we as a community will stand together to make the changes that we need to make as a community to get to the other side of the surge."

Children under the age of 12 are still not eligible to receive the vaccine.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway