In a stunning development, no less than three U.S. senators announced Thursday that they’d tested positive COVID-19, though all were reported to have been fully vaccinated for the disease, according to Fox News.
“I’ve tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19,” Hickenlooper wrote in a tweet. “I feel good but will isolate per [doctor’s] instructions.”
I’ve tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. I feel good but will isolate per docs instructions. I’m grateful for the vaccine (& the scientists behind it!) for limiting my symptoms.
If you haven’t gotten your shot—get it today! And a booster when it’s available too!
— Senator John Hickenlooper (@SenatorHick) August 19, 2021
“Despite taking precautions and receiving the vaccine, this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Sen. King wrote in a tweet of his own.
In a longer statement, King assured constituents that he’s “taking this diagnosis very seriously, quarantining myself at home and telling the few people I’ve been in contact with to get tested in order to limit any further spread.”
A spokesperson for Sen. Wicker, meanwhile, said the Republican lawmaker “is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is in good health, and is being treated by his Tupelo-based physician,” according to Fox.
“He is isolating,” the spokesperson said, “and everyone with whom Senator Wicker has come in close contact recently has been notified.”
According to the Associated Press, the announcements come “as the highly infectious delta variant [of the coronavirus] spreads rapidly across the United States.” Just a day prior, the Biden administration made clear its intent to encourage Americans to get a third “booster” shot to protect against COVID-19, the AP noted.
Approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is needed for the booster shots to start being rolled out nationwide, but it is expected to be granted soon.
In the meantime, breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in Congress seem to be adding up. According to the AP, other lawmakers who have tested positive in recent weeks include Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
If you have not already done so please #GetVaccinated.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 19, 2021