Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was likely exposed to the virus before or shortly after receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday.

Harmon, who's 54 years old, said he has mild symptoms. His wife also tested positive for the virus.

In an argument, Harmon said he continues to have faith in the vaccine and the requirement for people to receive it as quickly as possible.

“It appears which i might have been unknowingly exposed to herpes and infected either shortly after or before receiving the first dose of the vaccine on Monday,” Harmon wrote.

“My family's example underscores the need that people continue to advocate for the front line health workers, first responders, teachers and high-risk visitors to be vaccinated.”

According to Harmon, his wife sought a coronavirus test after being notified that she may have been subjected to herpes. After she received a positive result, Harmon also tested positive for the virus.

Harmon received the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine along with Secretary of State Michael Adams and Kentucky Supreme Court justices Samuel Wright and Lisabeth Hughes throughout a ceremony within the Capitol Rotunda.

Top state officials have been one of the primary in line for the vaccine as part of Kentucky's government continuity plan and to show bipartisan support for that vaccine.