The Coronavirus vaccines have arrived in the United States, and distributions have already begun. Among the first people to receive the FDA-approved medication was a Black nurse from Queens, New York.
On Monday (Dec. 14), Dr. Michelle Chester of Northwell Health administered the vaccine to Sandra Lindsay — a critical ICU nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center — during a live stream with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I would like to thank all the frontline workers, all my colleagues who’ve been doing a yeoman’s job to fight this pandemic all over the world,” Lindsay said after the injection. “I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.”
“HISTORY. The first New Yorker, frontline nurse Sandra Lindsay, has been vaccinated,” Cuomo later tweeted. “Healing is coming. Thank you, Sandra.”
Lindsay’s vaccination comes days after the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which will be specifically be given to vulnerable populations, including first responders, senior citizens and essential workers.
The Pfizer shot — which is reportedly 90% effective — has been the topic of controversy since it’s been announced. Lupe Fiasco seems to support the newly-developed medication, but others, like Offset, don’t “trust” it.
“I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe,” Lindsay said in hopes to eliminate doubt regarding the injection. “We’re in a pandemic, and so we all need to do our part to put an end to the pandemic and not give up so soon.”
Donald Trump recently expressed his excitement about the quick development of the vaccine as well as its distribution, but he wants White House staffers to receive it “somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” according to a recent tweet.