The US is devastated by the ongoing pandemic, counting over 306,000 deaths and more than 16.7 million cases. The two local companies Moderna and Pfizer had both developed vaccines for the pandemic virus, and the latter company’s drug has already been approved in the US by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that only 63 percent of people who perform as healthcare workers want to receive the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19. But the first person who already got vaccinated for the coronavirus from the US is a nurse from NYC, according to gothamist.com.
Meet Sandra Lindsay
Sandra Lindsay is a nurse who works in the New York City, more exactly at the hospital in the Queens borough. She became the first person from the US vaccinated for COVID-19 after being injected with a first dose of the drug developed by Pfizer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Sandra will get the second and final dose of the vaccine after 21 days.
The first shot of the vaccine was broadcast live, and you are free to see it below:
Watch LIVE as the first person in New York gets vaccinated: https://t.co/a3p8QOtK6w
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 14, 2020
The nurse’s words were full of optimism:
I feel like healing is coming,
I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a painful time in our history.
Not only that Sandra thanked her fellow healthcare workers and urged people to keep maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, but she also wanted “to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.”
We must all be aware that there’s a chance for those who get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine to still infect others with the disease. Further studies are required to clear all doubts, but until then, CDC recommends even for the vaccinated people to wear a facemask.