A Florida congressman has contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan — who represents Florida’s 16th Congressional District, including Sarasota — revealed his diagnosis in a statement Monday, saying he was screened after experiencing “very mild” flu-like symptoms. He’s now quarantining at home, he said.
“I look forward to returning to work as soon as possible,” said Buchanan, who took office in 2007. “In the meantime, this should serve as a reminder that although the vaccines provide a very high-degree of protection, we must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.”
Buchanan’s announcement came as the number of virus cases and hospitalizations have surged nationwide, as well as in Florida, including in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
The counties reported a combined 1,162 COVID-19 cases last week — or more than four times the 248 cases tallied there for the week ending June 18, the newspaper reported.