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The Historic USA COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins With RN Sandra Lindsay In Queens
On Monday, December 14th, the first American and first New Yorker was administered the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine outside of trial. Sandra Lindsay, RN is a critical care nurse who works on the frontlines of the pandemic at Long Island Jewish Medical Center here in Queens. Administering the shot was Dr. Michelle Chester, the Director of Employee Health Services. New York received 170,000 doses of the vaccine upon its approval by the FDA.
This is a monumental day that offers us the biggest and brightest glimmer of hope that we've received since the beginning of this pandemic. Today, as I celebrate this news, I also reflect on the more than 300,000 Americans who we have lost to this awful disease since March.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered first to nursing home residents and health care workers, followed by long-term and congregate care staff and residents and EMS. Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated that the majority of low-risk individuals should expect vaccine availability in the early spring.
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