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Photo: Michael A. McCoy/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, she disclosed Friday, using her announcement to renew calls for constituents to "talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine if you haven’t already.”

Driving the news: "Yesterday, despite being fully vaccinated, I tested positive for COVID-19," she wrote in a statement. "My symptoms are mild and I am quarantining at home and following CDC and local health guidelines."

  • She added that her district and national offices will remain open.

The big picture: The House of Representatives has been on recess this week, so her breakthrough case hasn't sparked concern about spreading the virus inside Congress.

  • Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Angus King (I-Maine) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) tested positive in August after being fully vaccinated, in addition to some House lawmakers and aides.
  • An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also tested positive in July despite being vaccinated, after several members of a delegation of Democratic Texas lawmakers who visited the Capitol tested positive.

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Oct 20, 2021 - Health

White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5–11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

Ohio sues Biden admin over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month.

The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in the 2019 legislation that required federally funded family planning clinics to be "financially independent of abortion clinics," and refrain from referring patients for abortions.

Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

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