Black Critical Care Nurse Among 1st in US to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Data News Weekly Staff Edited Report .

A New York City ICU Nurse became the first New Yorker, and possibly the first American, to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine Monday, receiving her injection in a live-streamed process.

Sandra Lindsay, a Critical Care Director, was given the injection in Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Queens, to applause from those watching.
Queens was the hardest-hit borough of the hardest-hit city in the nation; the medical center where Ms. Lindsay works has seen well over 100,000 COVID-19 patients, and in April they had over 3,500 patients in their hospitals.

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, described it as “the final chapter”.

The arrival of the vaccine comes as the United States is bracing for yet another grim milestone. By the end of Monday, at least 300,000 Americans will have died from complications related to COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University Data, and more than 16 million have been infected.

In what is a historical moment for the nation in the war against COVID-19, that Lindsay, a Black woman, was one of the first Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine wasn’t lost on her fellow Black health care workers.

“Wow, goosebumps!” tweeted Dr. Uché Blackstock, CEO of Advancing Health Equity and a Yahoo News Medical Contributor. “The first person vaccinated in NYC is a Black woman receiving the vaccine from another Black woman against a virus that has disproportionately killed Black Americans due to systemic racism.”

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