Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19.
Press Secretary to the Vice President Kirsten Allen released the following statement.
Vice President Harris is COVID positive. pic.twitter.com/GVbM9hDEBo
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) April 26, 2022
“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative,” the statement read.
BREAKING: Kamala Harris tests positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/lNFESYqcMF
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 26, 2022
Harris is fully vaccinated and boosted twice, yet still contracted COVID-19.
BREAKING: Vice President Kamala Harris, who is fully vaccinated and boosted twice, has tested positive for Covid-19 https://t.co/KUZoPplVV4
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 26, 2022
Harris completed her two-dose regimen of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021. She received her first booster dose in late October and a second booster vaccine on April 1.
The vice president’s positive Covid-19 test comes as the US has largely lifted most of its Covid-19 mitigation measures after the Omicron variant spike over the winter.
In accordance with federal public health guidelines, officials and visitors have not been required to wear masks or socially distance at large White House events. Covid cases in Washington have declined since their peak in early January, when the country was facing a wave of Omicron variant cases, but have been rising recently.
Though the White House has continued to hold crowded indoor events where masks are optional and officials have forgone masks in public, the administration has said they are going beyond federal guidelines to detect Covid-19 in the building. There’s mandatory testing for those who come into contact with President Joe Biden and social distancing during meetings, at least when it’s possible.
The White House is not considering returning to pandemic-era restrictions, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Harris adds to the list of politicians to recently test positive for COVID-19.