“I shared with you on Wednesday that a close family member fell ill with COVID. Well I have now tested positive and I am symptomatic as well, ”said Nehls. “I am experiencing moderate symptoms but I am fully vaccinated and hope this will pass soon. I have been quarantined at home and will continue to do so for at least the next 10 days. “
– Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) August 21, 2021
“All Americans are free to make their own health decisions, but I strongly encourage getting vaccinated. It is scientifically proven to significantly reduce the risk of serious illness and death from COVID, ”Nehls said in his article.
Nehls’ diagnoses are the latest example of a lawmaker testing positive for a breakthrough infection, including three senators reporting positive tests in a single day last week.
A number of breakthrough infections are considered inevitable because no vaccine can be able to 100% guarantee that a vaccinated person will not be infected, note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The New York Times, which analyzed preliminary data from seven states, reported last week that at least one in five new COVID-19 cases reported in six states were breakthrough cases. The outlet noted that the delta variant may have complicated efforts to mitigate cases, even among those who are fully vaccinated.
But experts say vaccines are still very effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and death, even among those who are infected.
The United States is already grappling with a wave of new COVID-19 cases as the delta variant has made its way into unvaccinated communities.
According to the CDC, 71% of people aged 12 and older are partially vaccinated and 60% are fully vaccinated.