Pamela Cruz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].
The United States has begun vaccination against COVID-19, with the first doses being given to healthcare personnel who face the virus on the front line on a daily basis.
Thus, intensive care nurse Sara Lindsey was the first person in New York to receive one of the first doses of the vaccine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
At a live event around 9:20 a.m., Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, N.Y., nurse Sandra Lindsey received an injection in her left arm from Northwell Health's corporate director of employee health services, Dr. Michelle Chester.
"I feel good. I would like to thank all the first responders, all my colleagues who have been doing a great job to fight this pandemic around the world," Lindsey said after receiving the vaccine developed by Pfizer.
She added that she feels hopeful and relieved that the cure is coming, "I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history."
In her white uniform and wearing a mask, the nurse said, "I want to instill confidence in the public that the vaccine is safe," and insisted that she believes in science, and that her work is "guided by science.
In this regard, President Donald Trump wrote on his Twitter account, "First vaccine administered. congratulations USA! congratulations to the WORLD!"
The vaccine comes in the midst of one of the worst moments of the pandemic, since only until yesterday, December 13, the country registered a cumulative of more than 16 million 262 thousand infections, and more than 299 thousand deaths derived from COVID-19.
California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted last night, "Hope has arrived," along with a photo of a FedEx plane at Los Angeles International Airport carrying a shipment of doses of Pfizer's new FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.