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New study reveals those vaccinated may not be as protected against Delta as they thought

(Jordan Vonderhaar)

As the more contagious Delta variant sweeps the nation and is partially responsible for a local surge in COVID cases, a new study suggests vaccines are less effective than originally believed against it.

All three available vaccines in the U.S. were originally approved under emergency use with a varrying amount of effectiveness. And as new strains entered the picture, researchers found they were still effective. However, the latest study by nference and the Mayo Clinic compared Pfizer and Moderna vaccine effectiveness in the Mayo Clinic Health System over time from January to July:

  • The Pfizer shot, approved at 95% effectiveness, showed to be 76% effective against infection during that time period; and 85% effective against hospitalization
  • The Moderna shot, approved at 94% effectiveness, showed to be 86% during that time period; and 92% effective against hospitalization
  • The Johnson & Johnson was approved at 66% effectiveness and was not used in the study
However, when Delta became the dominant strain in July alone, that effectiveness against infection dropped to 42% in Pfizer and 76% in Moderna.

While the Moderna vaccine shows to be more effective, it is unclear if there is a reduction in effectiveness over time or due to the new variant itself. "Based on the data that we have so far, it is a combination of both factors," said Venky Soundararajan, a lead author of the study.

More research is still being conducted on the new info collected.

Breakthrough cases, when someone contracts the virus while vaccinated, are still less common in the community. Local health officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as breakthrough cases are proving to show less severe symptoms. Almost all in the Austin metro ICUs are unvaccinated, according to officials.


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