COVID Live Updates: Providers roll out pediatric COVID-19 vaccines

A top vaccine expert is encouraging all adults to get COVID-19 booster shots after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for everyone 18 and older on Friday. The CDC quickly backed the authorization.

Dr. Peter Hotez, with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, says boosters will help prevent breakthrough infections.

If enough Americans get three doses we can even halt transmission of the virus, Hotez said, speaking on MSNBC.

The FDA and CDC recommend people who received the Moderna or Pfizer shots get a booster six months after the second dose.

More than 2.4 million people in Texas have received an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine according to the Department of State Health Services.

CDC encourages unvaccinated Americans to get shots as it expands booster eligibility

Federal officials are encouraging an estimated 47 million unvaccinated American adults to get shots as soon as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also called on eligible adults, especially those in high-risk groups, to get booster shots ahead of the holiday season.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued a statement Friday after endorsing a recommendation to expand booster shot eligibility to all adults.

Booster shots have demonstrated the ability to safely increase people’s protection against infection and severe outcomes and are an important public health tool to strengthen our defenses against the virus as we enter the winter holidays, Walensky said. Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.

The two counties yesterday reached a combined 10,000 COVID-19 fatalities since reporting their first deaths in March of last year.