CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is just the latest “fully vaccinated” individual to catch COVID-19, as it was revealed that she had tested positive on Friday night.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement about the news, revealing that Walensky had been experiencing mild symptoms and was resting at home.
The CDC director — who previously asserted that vaccinated individuals “don’t get sick” — will reportedly participate in meetings virtually.
According to reporting from Reuters, Walensky had not been at the White House at the end of this week leading up to her positive COVID test, and had not met with any senior U.S. officials personally before testing positive.
On Monday and Tuesday, the CDC director attended the World Health Summit in Berlin, returning to the United States on Wednesday. While at the event, Walensky reportedly wore a mask at all times — except while eating or speaking publicly, according to a spokesperson.
The CDC statement further noted that Walensky was “up to date” with her vaccines — which the agency defines as: “If you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.”
“You are still up to date if you receive all COVID-19 vaccine doses recommended for you and then become ill with COVID-19,” the CDC guidance adds. “You do not need to be immediately revaccinated or receive an additional booster.”
One month before testing positive for COVID, Walensky received the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine — which is supposed to provide protection against both the original strain of the virus as well as the Omicron variant.
The CDC director was photographed receiving her vaccine at a CVS pharmacy location, and the photo was shared on Twitter in an apparent attempt to encourage others to follow suit.
Back in March 2021, Walensky was one of several Democrats that was pushing the false notion that vaccinated people could not catch COVID-19, declaring that those who had obtained the vaccine “don’t get sick.”
“Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick,” the CDC director told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “And that it’s not just in the clinical trials, it’s also in real-world data.”
Just days after Walensky made those remarks, the CDC was forced to walk them back.
“It’s possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get COVID-19,” a CDC spokesperson told the New York Times. “The evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence.”