Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who obtained a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month, examined constructive for the virus on Friday.
Another Democrat from Massachusetts, Rep. Lori Trahan, introduced Thursday she had additionally examined constructive. Both lawmakers are reportedly asymptomatic.
Lynch obtained two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine previous to the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, Molly Rose Tarpey, Lynch’s communications director, said in a statement.
“While Mr. Lynch remains asymptomatic and feels fine, he will self-quarantine and will vote by proxy in Congress during the coming week,” she stated.
Tarpey didn’t specify the precise date Lynch obtained the second dose of the vaccine.
Trahan said in a statement that she would additionally vote by proxy whereas she self-quarantined. She obtained her first shot of one of many vaccines final week, her spokesperson Francis Grubar told The Washington Post.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s potential for folks to check constructive after receiving one or each doses of the vaccine.
“It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination,” the CDC website said. “That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.”
Public well being consultants have careworn that it will probably take every week or two after the second shot for the vaccine to succeed in its most efficacy. According to the CDC, individuals who have obtained each vaccine doses are nonetheless suggested to put on masks and apply social distancing and good hygiene.
Experts don’t but know if individuals who have obtained the vaccine can nonetheless unfold the virus, even when they don’t get sick themselves.
“While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic,” the CDC web site said.
Several different House Democrats examined constructive for COVID-19 after they went into lockdown with Republican members of Congress, a few of whom refused to put on masks, throughout the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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