On Friday, Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch’s office delivered a startling statement: The Massachusetts Rep. tested positive for COVID, after he had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccination.
According to a spokeswoman, Molly Rose Tarpey, Lynch tested positive for COVID after interacting with a staff member who tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.
Tarpey remarked to Boston.com that “U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch received a [positive COVID] test result on Friday,” which occurred “after a staff member in [Lynch’s] Boston office had tested positive earlier in the week.”
In addition, Tarpey added that Lynch had recently received the Pfizer vaccine’s second dose before his attendance at Biden’s inauguration, and “while Mr. Lynch remains asymptomatic and feels fine, he will self-quarantine and will vote by proxy in Congress during the coming week.”
Tarpey did not indicate exactly when Lynch received each Pfizer vaccine dosage.
Per the FDA, Pfizer’s COVID vaccine is administered to individuals via two different doses, with an interval period of three weeks between each dose.
Furthermore, the CDC also states that a positive COVID test remains possible after vaccination, given that it can take a human body numerous weeks to develop viral immunity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that testing positive for COVID-19 is possible because it takes the body several weeks to build viral immunity.
Per the CDC, “it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity … after vaccination.” The CDC also added, “that means it’s possible a person could be infected with [COVID-19] just before or just after vaccination and still get sick.”
CNN also reported, “Covid-19 vaccines prevent illness, but do not necessarily prevent [COVID infection]. If someone tests positive and doesn’t get sick, the vaccine has worked as intended.”