Lynch spokeswoman Molly Rose Tarby said in a statement on Friday: “US Rep. Stephen F. Lynch this afternoon received a positive test result for COVID-19 after an employee in Congressman’s office in Boston tested positive earlier in the week.”
A Massachusetts Democrat plans to impeach and will vote by proxy in Congress over the next week, Tarby said.
Covid-19 vaccines prevent disease, but they do not necessarily prevent infection. If someone tests positive and does not get sick, the vaccine works as intended. If someone tests positive within a few weeks of receiving the second dose, it may be because the vaccine has not yet fully started.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it usually takes a few weeks to build immunity against Covid-19 after vaccination.
Lynch is the latest congressman to test positive for the virus in recent months, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country.
A few members of Congress and more than 36 Capitol Police officers tested positive for the Covid-19 virus after the January 6 mutiny in the US Capitol Building. Experts consider the riots, which erupted when Congress was ratifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, as potentially a super common event.