Senator Lindsey Graham announced on Monday that he had contracted coronarius despite taking the COVID-19 jab. He has reportedly become the first senator to disclose a breakthrough infection after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Graham tweeted that he started getting "flu-like symptoms" on Saturday night, following which he visited the doctor on Monday morning.


The 66-year-old, who was vaccinated in December, will be quarantining for 10 days. Talking about his health, he shared that he feels like he has a sinus infection, and currently has mild symptoms. He is still rooting for vaccination though. Graham said that he feels glad he was vaccinated as without it, his symptoms "would be far worse.”

Before taking the COVID test, he was part of a gathering at Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's houseboat. Manchin's office told Fox News that he is completely vaccinated. He is also following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines set for individuals exposed to a COVID positive people.

Later, Manchin said that the party that Graham attended was "all outdoors." He shared that there were no more than a dozen people on the boat. Manchin said that he spoke to Graham, and he’s doing fine, according to Associated Press.

Senator Chris Coons was one of the guests at the boat party. He is waiting for test results.

Several senators have started wearing masks again as the number of coronavirus cases has reportedly gone up in the US. Owing to the rise in COVID cases, Senate Democrats will have a virtual lunch on Tuesday at the Capitol.

Meanwhile, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, who is vaccinated, was spotted without a mask on Monday. He said that he had not decided whether to wear a mask again.

CDC said that fully vaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient don't have to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. But they are required to get themselves tested within five days and need to wear a mask when they are indoors for two weeks or until they test negative.

Amid the surge of the Delta variant, CDC had urged even fully vaccinated individuals to return to wearing masks indoors in places of high COVID transmission, CNBC reported.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks on southern border security and illegal immigration, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. Graham urged the Biden administration to name former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as a border czar. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images