On Monday, intensive-care nurse, Sandra Lindsay, became the first person in New York – and possibly America – to receive the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination.
Lindsay was given the vaccination by a doctor at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens as press and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo watched.
“I’m ready,” Lindsay said as photographers snapped photos in sync. Applause erupted immediately after the shot, including from Lindsay herself. “I feel great,” she said after the injection. “I feel hopeful today, relieved — I hope this marks the beginning to the end of a very painful time in our history.”
The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history got underway today as health workers in selected hospitals rolled up their sleeves and took the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech.
More of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will arrive each week. And later this week, the FDA will decide whether to green light the world’s second COVID-19 vaccine, made by Moderna Inc.
According to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Health Research, about half of Americans say they want to get vaccinated, while about a quarter don’t and the rest are unsure.
While the vaccine was determined to be safe by the FDA, regulators in the U.K. are investigating several severe allergic reactions. The FDA’s instructions tell providers not to give it to those with a known history of severe allergic reactions to any of its ingredients.