With the onset of Omicron making its way through the United States, Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts is the latest lawmaker to test positive.
Per the announcement from Pressley's office: "After experiencing COVID-like symptoms, this morning I received a positive, breakthrough COVID-19 test result. Thankfully, my symptoms are relatively mild, and I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted. I am currently isolating and following all health protocols in order to mitigate further spread and keep my loved ones and community safe."
Then the Democrat congresswoman went on to say how great the COVID-19 vaccines are and how "grateful" she is for science. But now people need to get fully "boosted" and "mask up" in the current pandemic societal environment.
According to CNN's tally, Pressley is the latest of various politicians to test positive, including Senators Cory Booker, Chris Coons, and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Reps. Jason Crow, Nicole Malliotakis, Bill Pascrell, and Bobby Rush.
The last time a major event happened with COVID-19 and lawmakers this year was the Texas Democrats protesting an election regulations bill.
For a time, there were worries from the White House standpoint that President Joe Biden himself would've been swept up in this wave of COVID-19 infections. While an aide ended up testing positive, that didn't amount to infecting the president.
The question surrounding the effectiveness against COVID-19's Omicron variant with the usual rounds of vaccines seemingly amounts to accounting for whether or not someone has had their booster shot. The definition of being "fully vaccinated" per the standards of the CDC is expected to change in 2022 to include this.
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