On Wednesday, Arizona Democrat State Rep. Alma Hernandez tweeted about testing positive for COVID-19. Testing positive for COVID wouldn’t normally be newsworthy, as millions have already tested positive and recovered from the Wuhan virus. The reason Democrat State Rep. Hernandez’s positive result is newsworthy is that she received her second vaccination dose 11 weeks ago.
In a tweet, the Democrat lawmaker warned Americans that they need to continue to wear a mask and follow the same CDC guidelines as those who have not been vaccinated, leaving many to wonder, ‘What’s the point of being vaccinated?”
“I have taken COVID-19 very seriously and have worn my mask, washed my hands, socially distanced. Yet despite those measures and being vaccinated I have come down with the COVID,” she tweeted. “I encourage all to take this seriously and continue practicing COVID protocols. Be courteous to your colleagues and loved ones who are more susceptible. The pandemic has not come to an end. Be safe, take care, do not let your guard down even after you have been vaccinated.”
“If you have not already done so, please do so as soon as possible. This is just to let you know that just because you got vaccinated does not mean you are immune to contracting COVID. I happen to be one of the few who still got it. Hopefully, my symptoms don’t worsen; however, I am very fortunate to have been vaccinated.”
I, unfortunately, tested positive for #COVID19 today. What sets me apart from millions of Americans who have come down with Covid is that I'm 11 weeks out since my @pfizer vaccine. Please do not let your guard down even after the vaccine. Read my statement below. Be safe. pic.twitter.com/ETbHqy24m1
— (((Rep.Alma Hernandez MPH)))🧼🤚🏽 (@almaforarizona) April 29, 2021
According to the Tuscon Weekly- Rep. Hernadez’s case is not the first in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services has 947 similar cases across the 15 counties with no deaths, said ADHS Communications Director Steve Elliott.
70% of patients were symptomatic and 16% were hospitalized, said Elliott. They were able to get information for about half of the cases. He also noted that the increase from previous reports “has more to do with the classification of cases since vaccinations began than a spike in recent weeks.”