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Queens Nurse First American to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine: Cuomo

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Dec. 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

An ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center Queens became the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

Sandra Lindsay, a critical case nurse, received the shot just after 9 a.m., one day after Pfizer’s vaccine began being shipped across the country. The shot, the first in the U.S. in a non-trial setting, represented the beginning of what will be the largest vaccination campaign in the nation’s history.

“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” Lindsay said, who has been on the front lines since the pandemic began.

The vaccination was broadcast live on a livestream released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Healthcare workers such as Lindsay along with nursing-home residents are first in line for vaccination.

The state has been allocated 170,000 doses of the vaccine, with 72,000 doses for New York City.

“This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel,” Cuomo said as he watched Lindsay’s vaccination from Albany via livestream.

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I just watched on the news that the vaccine will last about a year after the second shot. I thought it would last much longer.


I tried to make an appointment with my primary doctor to get a check up and the next available appointment is in two months! I fear what the wait time will be like after we are told the rest of us can get the vaccine.


How many people get the flu shot and how many people get the flu each year? Vaccine is not a cure, do not let your guard down.


The flu shot is free with most health insurance. Those that do not have health insurance can get it for around 40 dollars. Many people opt not to get it. I heard that some people are paying for covid testing which we were told is covered. My friend was charged 100 dollars at an urgent care center. I hope the coronavirus vaccine is truly free so more people show up to get it. We will need a booster shot each year like the flu shot.


Would be great if we can all get vaccinated in a hospital setting or at least have ambulances outside pharmacies and doctors offices on stand by outside these places when the rest of us non essential people get vaccinated.


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