A ICU nurse in New York became among the first people in the United States to receive theCOVID-19 vaccine. The state, like many others in the nation, is prioritizing frontline healthcare workers in its vaccine rollout plan. Critical care nurse Sandra Lindsey told reporters she volunteered to take the vaccine and did not feel immediate side effects after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Her vaccination was streamlined live in an online event organized by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.Sandra Lindsey said she volunteered to take the vaccine to “instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe,”…“I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming.” Lindsey said. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our country.”
Following the emergency authorization use for the coronavirus vaccines, the CDC recommended healthcare workers be first in line to be vaccinated, followed by the elderly, and those with underlying conditions that have shown to be at risk for contracting and having complications from COVID-19.
Healthcare officials predict widespread vaccinations won’t take place until 2021.