First doses of coronavirus vaccine in US distributed to frontline workers

Critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay in New York became one of the first Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine this morning.

Lindsay received the vaccine live on camera, as governor Andrew Cuomo virtually joined the event via video conference.

Lindsay did not appear to flinch as she received the vaccine, and she told Cuomo that the experience was no different than receiving any other vaccine.

“I would like to thank all the frontline workers, all my colleagues who have been doing a yeoman’s job despite this pandemic all over the world,” Lindsay said.

“I feel hopeful today, relieved. … I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe. We’re in a pandemic, so we all need to do our parts.”

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Friday, and hundreds of thousands of doses of the vaccine were shipped from the company’s Michigan plant last night.

Frontline workers like Lindsay will be among the first to receive the vaccine, and it will be made available to a wider array of Americans in the coming months.

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