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FDA approves Pfizer COVID shots for 12-15 year olds

Preteens and teens can now get a COVID vaccine after FDA approves emergency use for Pfizer. (Shutterstock)

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in children between the ages of 12 and15, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday.


This is the first COVID vaccine to be allowed for children since Pfizer was originally only approved for those 16 and older. The decision will allow middle school students to get vaccinated before school returns in the summer if parents choose to do so.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to vote on the change in practice.

When will kids in that age group be able to get the vaccine?

Kids should be able to start the immunization process as soon as the CDC approves the change. According to the Biden administration, 15,000 locations across the country are prepared to distribute the vaccine to kids.

Children make up about 20% of the U.S. population. Kids between the ages of 11 and 17 have made up about 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, though they tend to have milder symptoms on average. During vaccine trials, 2,260 participants were between 12 and 15, which showed the vaccine was effective in a younger age bracket.

What should you expect when your child gets vaccinated?

If children have a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, it is likely to be similar to that of adults: pain, fever, chills and fatigue. The second dose tends to have worse side effects than the first.

"Having a vaccine authorized for a younger population is a critical step in continuing to lessen the immense public health burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. "With science guiding our evaluation and decision-making process, the FDA can assure the public and medical community that the available data meet our rigorous standards to support the emergency use of this vaccine in the adolescent population 12 years of age and older."

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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