Rep Kay Granger tests positive for Covid after mingling with House lawmakers – despite getting vaccine in December

TEXAS Rep Kay Granger has tested positive for Covid, a day after mingling with other lawmakers in the nation's capital on Sunday.

Granger was diagnosed with the virus – after she had received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in December.


Granger was present in Washington, DC, to be sworn in with the rest of the House of Representatives, and vote for the speaker, on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the rep said that she was tested for the virus when she arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress, and received the positive result afterward.

She has gone into quarantine and is under the care of her doctor, according to the spokesperson.

"Having received the vaccine in December, she is asymptomatic and feeling great! She will remain under the care of her doctor," a statement said.

For the Pfizer vaccine to be considered effective, a second dose is needed a few weeks after the first one.

During the meeting of the House on Sunday, safety measures were implemented in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid.

Members were only permitted onto the floor to check in and later vote in groups in an effort to enforce social distancing rules, and were also expected to wear masks.

Granger is not the first person to record a positive Covid test after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

Matthew W, a 45-year-old ER nurse in California, said he tested positive for the virus as well, just eight days after he had gotten the vaccine.

Regulators of the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved in the US, say that the vaccine gives maximum protection about a week after people receive the second dose.

The first dose of the vaccine provides some protection from the virus, but it's only around 50 percent, according to experts.

After the second dose, the vaccine becomes around 95 percent effective.

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