New York Critical Care Nurse Among First in U.S. to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

December 16, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 22, 2020

According to this article from Politico, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center became the first New Yorker — and among the first people in the U.S. — to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Monday. This happened one day after Pfizer’s vaccine began being shipped across the country.

Sandra Lindsay, director of patient care service for critical care at the Northwell Health facility in Queens, received the first shot of the two-dose vaccine during a live morning broadcast with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling and Dr. Michelle Chester.

Although the governor, Dowling and Lindsay all praised the new vaccine, they stressed that New Yorkers must still continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. “Just because we’re giving out the vaccine, there’s no excuse for the public out there not to continue wearing masks, not to social distance, et cetera. You have to continue to comply with safety standards even though the vaccine is going to be distributed over the next couple of months,” Dowling said. “You have to do both if we’re going to be successful here.”

New York was expected to get its first 170,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine by Monday, with another 346,000 doses of Moderna’s vaccine set to be delivered next week.

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