KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said Friday she’s tested positive for COVID-19.
Davids, who represents portions of Johnson and Wyandotte counties, said she’s vaccinated, and her symptoms are mild. She’ll now continue to isolate at home, which she’s been doing since an unrelated outpatient surgery.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the protection that it offers. I know things could have been much worse for me without it,” she said in a statement.
Davids said she encourages everyone to get vaccinated to “put the worst of this virus behind us.”
There have been breakthrough cases, which means fully vaccinated individuals contracting COVID-19, but health officials maintain that the large majority of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths are now impacting people who are unvaccinated. Health experts also stress that getting vaccinated significantly decreases the risk of being hospitalized or dying from the virus.
Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention