Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch who received both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine still tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

Lynch tested negative before attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

But after a staff member in his Boston office got the virus earlier this week, Lynch was retested, which came back positive for COVID-19.

Pfizer said it can take seven days for protection from the second dose to kick in, NBC 10 Boston reported.

But Lynch’s office retorted that he was injected with the second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before the inauguration on Jan. 20.

Which by our calculations would have been nine days before his positive test result.

The Pfizer vaccine has been judged 95 percent effective against the virus, though it has not been tested against the mutations that came from the UK and South Africa.

In the statement, his office said Lynch doesn’t have any symptoms of COVID-19. And he will self-quarantine and vote by proxy in Congress in the coming week.

Lynch was the second Congressional Democrat from Massachusetts to test positive in as many days.

Rep. Lori Trahan said Thursday she had tested positive after repeatedly testing negative.


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