States across the U.S. are reporting increased numbers of “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 — that is, cases in individuals who have been fully vaccinated for the disease.
Among the latest to announce a positive test is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who revealed in a tweet Sunday that she’d come down with the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated and even receiving a booster shot, Fox News reported.
“I regularly test for COVID [and] while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” Warren wrote.
“Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms [and] am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated [and] boosted,” the Democratic lawmaker added.
COVID on Capitol Hill
Warren later used the opportunity to stump for vaccines — and booster shots.
“As cases increase across the country, I urge everyone who has not already done so to get the vaccine and the booster as soon as possible — together, we can save lives,” the senator said.
Warren is not the only Democratic member of the Senate to have recently tested positive for COVID-19. The New York Post reports that New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker also tested positive last weekend.
“I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday,” Booker said in a statement. “Fortunately, my symptoms have been relatively mild.”
I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster — I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse. I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.
Dems pointing fingers
For her part, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow has blamed Booker and Warren’s infections on a reluctance by some Republican lawmakers to wear masks on the Senate floor.
“We are working together closely,” the senator told MSNBC on Monday, according to Fox News. “People on my side of the aisle are uniformly wearing masks. Unfortunately, people on the Republican side, the majority, are not, which is also frustrating.”
She then went on to repeat the party’s oft-shouted narrative about Americans rolling up their sleeves to fend off the pandemic. “People need to get vaccinated, they need to protect themselves,” Stabenow said, according to Fox. “We know that this new variant is extremely contagious, and we also know that it is not that serious if you have been vaccinated and boosted.”