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Fully vaccinated, Bill Maher tests positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, CA - AUG 19: Bill Maher performs at Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California on August 19th, 2011 (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo — HBO political talk show host Bill Maher has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated, according to the Real Time with Bill Maher Twitter account.

“Bill tested positive during weekly staff PCR testing for COVID,” the tweet said. It added that Maher is “asymptomatic and feels fine” as a result of being fully vaccinated.

Friday’s taping of the show was cancelled.

“No other staff members or crew have tested positive,” the show’s Twitter update added.

Maher himself tweeted that he was “most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode.”

The Centers for Disease Control calls cases like Maher’s  a “vaccine breakthrough case.”

“When this happens, vaccination might help keep you from getting seriously ill, based on data from clinical studies,” the CDC says.

Research has found that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are about about 95% effective at preventing illness, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 72% effective. This research was conducted before the variants began circulating, the Associated Press notes.


The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.

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