Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus vaccines began to be given out in the United States on Monday, and a nurse in New York was believed to be the first to receive it.
Her name is Sandra Lindsay and she is a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center,she became the first American to receive the vaccine, a sign of hope amid a pandemic that has sickened more than 16 million and killed close to 300,000 people nationwide.
The vaccinations started after the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Trucks and cargo planes packed with the first of nearly three million doses of coronavirus vaccine had fanned out across the country, as hospitals in all 50 states rushed to set up injection sites and their anxious workers tracked each shipment hour by hour. But the rollout is less centralized in the United States than in other countries.
New York Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo said at a news conference Monday morning, before the shot was given to Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse. State officials said the shot was the first to be given outside of a vaccine trail in the United States.
Ms. Lindsay has treated patients throughout the pandemic, and she said that she hoped her public vaccination would instill confidence in New Yorkers that the shots were safe.
“I feel like healing is coming,” she said. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.”
The first injections are expected to be given on Monday to high risk health care workers. In many cases, this first, limited delivery would not supply nearly enough doses to inoculate all of the doctors, nurses, security guards, receptionists and other workers who risk being exposed to the virus every day. Because the vaccines can cause side effects including fevers and aches, hospitals say they will stagger vaccination schedules among workers.
The moves come just six days after Great Britain began rolling out a fully tested vaccine. Since then, a handful of other nations have approved the same vaccine. In Canada, the first shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on twitter and the first shots could be given as early as Monday. Among the first to receive the vaccine will be residents of nursing homes in Quebec and frontline health workers in Toronto.
Hours before the injections began in the United States, there was been uncertainty and expectation. On the snowy plains of Fargo, North Dakota Jesse Breidenbach, the senior executive director of pharmacy for Sanford Health, which operates hospitals and clinics across the Upper Midwest, refreshed his email again and again on Sunday, waiting to receive a FedEx tracking number that would confirm that some 3,400 doses were en route.