Kentucky Auditor Tests Positive for COVID-19 One Day After Receiving Vaccine

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon announced Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 just one day after receiving the vaccine.

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 11:34 AM
Updated: Dec 30, 2020 2:03 PM

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon says he's tested positive for COVID-19 only one day after being vaccinated for the virus.

In a statement, Harmon said that his wife was tested positive for the virus after being notified of her potential exposure to it.

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon

After learning that his wife had tested positive, Harmon says he immediately sought and received a COVID-19 test, the result of which also came back positive.

According to the CDC, it typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to produce necessary virus-fighting cells, making it possible for a person to become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination because the vaccine did not yet have enough time to provide protection.

"It appears that I may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus and infected either shortly before or after receiving the first dose of the vaccine on Monday," Harmon said in a statement. 

Though Harmon's positive test result came just one day after receiving the vaccine, the Kentucky auditor says he still has "full faith in the vaccine itself."

"While the timing of my positive test comes one day after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, I still have full faith in the vaccine itself, and the need for as many people to receive it as quickly as possible," Harmon's statement said.

Harmon says he and his wife only have mild symptoms so far, and that they're taking necessary steps to self-isolate and follow CDC recommendations.

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