Vaccine distribution is officially underway in the United States. It started around 9am at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote:
The first New Yorker, frontline nurse Sandra Lindsay, has been vaccinated.
Healing is coming.
Thank you, Sandra.
BREAKING: Critical care nurse in New York is among first in US to receive a coronavirus vaccine:
"We all need to do our parts to put an end to the pandemic." pic.twitter.com/kGUI8o9h63
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2020
The New York Times reports;
A majority of the first injections are expected to be given on Monday to high-risk health care workers. In many cases, this first, limited delivery would not supply nearly enough doses to inoculate all of the doctors, nurses, security guards, receptionists and other workers who risk being exposed to the virus every day. Because the vaccines can cause side effects including fevers and aches, hospitals say they will stagger vaccination schedules among workers.
Helen Cordova, a nurse in an intensive care unit in LA, became one of the first Californians to get vaccinated today. pic.twitter.com/Ey4bR44aBl
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 14, 2020
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