- New York ICU nurse Sandra Lindsay was the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in America this morning
- The first of the vaccinations were administered on a day where the COVID-19 death toll was due to surpass 300,000 and cases and hospitalizations posted new record highs
- President Trump tweeted: ‘First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!’
- Shipments of the frozen vaccine vials began arriving at hospitals around the country Monday so health care workers can receive the shots
- The first 2.9 million doses began to be shipped to distribution centers around the country on Sunday from Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- It came as the US posted new records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths over a seven-day period
- More than 186,880 new cases were reported on Sunday as the seven-day rolling average hit 211,494
- Hospitalizations climbed to 109,331 – marking the eighth-consecutive daily increase
- 1,482 new deaths were reported Sunday, bringing the seven-day average to a record high of 2,427
- The US is now seeing 300 more fatalities every 24 hours than it was during the previous peak in April
- The death toll across the country is now at 299,163 and infections are now at more than 16.25 million
The largest vaccination campaign in US history is now underway with an intensive care nurse in New York becoming the first to receive a COVID-19 shot this morning as the death toll from the virus neared 300,000.
Sandra Lindsay received the Pfizer shot at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens just before 9.30am this morning during a livestream with New York Gov Andrew Cuomo.
‘It didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine,’ Lindsay said. ‘I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.’
President Donald Trump tweeted just moments after the ICU nurse received her dose: ‘First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!’
Vaccinations continued to roll out across the country with relieved healthcare workers rolling up their sleeves to get the shot that will protect them from COVID-19.
Shipments of the frozen vaccine vials began arriving at hospitals around the country first thing this morning so health care workers, as well as nursing home residents, can be the first to receive the shots in a bid to beat the pandemic that has claimed 299,163 American lives and infected more than 16.25 million.
The first of the vaccinations were administered on a day where the COVID-19 death toll approached the harrowing 300,000 milestone and cases and hospitalizations posted new record highs over the past week.