Medical experts have hailed the rapid creation of the COVID-19 vaccine as a miracle of modern medicine.
However, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) made headlines over the weekend after it was revealed that he tested positive for the virus even after receiving his second booster shot, the Washington Examiner reported.
Lynch reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 twice within the past 10 days after receiving his second shot of the Pfizer version of the vaccine, according to a spokesperson from his office. However, the vaccine apparently didn’t take effect right away.
“This afternoon U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch received a positive test result for COVID-19 after a staff member in the Congressman’s Boston office had tested positive earlier in the week,” a spokesperson said, according to the Examiner.
Lynch “remains asymptomatic and feels fine, he will self-quarantine and will vote by proxy in Congress during the coming week,” the spokesperson added.
According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), receiving a COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t mean you’re automatically immune to the virus, as it can take seven days and even up to a few weeks after the vaccination to reach “full immunity,” according to the CDC.
Lynch is not the first member of Congress to test positive for the virus, but he is the first high-profile person to announce a positive test even after receiving the full two rounds of Pfizer vaccinations.
Although rare, a small number of people will go on to contract COVID-19 even after receiving the full complement of shots, Newsweek reported.
According to companies Pfizer and Moderna, their vaccines are about 95% effective at preventing people from getting sick after receiving the second dose.
Those who do catch the virus after vaccination typically experience a milder version of the disease, which is especially good news for America’s senior citizens who are in line for the first round of available vaccinations as they continue to be distributed around the country.
Only one person among 43,000 participants in Pfizer’s vaccine trials experienced a severe case of COVID-19 after receiving their vaccinations, Newsweek reported.
Even though the vaccines are billed as the savior to ending this deadly and economically-crippling virus, public health experts have warned that just because one receives a vaccination doesn’t mean that they’re not at risk.