FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should still exercise caution, as one state lawmaker and her family recently found out.
Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, her husband and two sons, are among so-called “Breakthrough Cases,” thanks to the delta variant, according to a post she made Monday on Facebook.
“ALL FOUR of us have been fully VACCINATED, and in the last three weeks ALL FOUR of us have contracted breakthrough COVID cases,” she stated on the social media site. “I was last to get it so will be quarantined until this week-end. Please be careful out there. This Delta variant is a ‘new ballgame,’ apparently.”
In response to questions from Facebook friends as to which vaccine they had, she responded, “I had Moderna. All three of the guys had Pfizer.”
She also noted, “I got tested three times last week, and it didn’t show up until my 3rd test.”
An incessant cough, she says, was the worst symptom she experienced.
A fellow lawmaker, House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, wished her colleague well in battling the virus. “Hope you and your peeps have a speedy recovery,” Jenkins posted. “Thanks for sharing and educating the public on how easily this variant is transmitted.”
Her son, Jamison Kerr, added, “Do your part. Vaccinated people can and do get COVID-19. I believe the vaccine shortened length and severity of illness for us. I’ve been out of isolation many days now, was very sick about 48 hours total. It hasn’t been easy, but everyone is well and smiling. Thankful for vaccines, my amazing family and supportive friends.”
Kerr, who has been in the Kentucky Senate since 1999, announced last week that she would not seek another term in 2022.
In addition to serving on numerous legislative committees during her time in office, Kerr is currently co-chair of the Severe Mental Illness Task Force.