Lenox Hill Hospital Chair of Emergency Medicine Yves Duroseau receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Scott Heins/Getty Images
The United States administered the first US doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
The first batch of vaccines were administered to healthcare workers in Queens, New York.
Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse, was the first American to get the vaccine.
Here are photos of the first Americans to be vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
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The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available to US patients were administered at some hospitals Monday morning.
On Friday, the FDA approved a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine developed by the drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech.
Trucks carrying the vaccine were seen leaving Pfizer’s Michigan manufacturing center on Sunday.
Less than 24 hours later some of the highest priority Americans, including health care workers in New York, were on the receiving end of the needle.
The first batch was distributed at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in Queens, New York.
Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse was the first American to be inoculated.
It will take months to vaccinate every American who wants it.
More than 16 million Americans have been infected by the novel coronavirus since it first arrived in the US last winter, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said the vaccine is imperative to bringing the pandemic to the end but won’t stop the ongoing surge of cases in the US and is not an excuse to end other measures meant to reduce the spread of the disease.
Here are photos of what it looks like to get the coronavirus vaccine in the US.
The vaccines are stored in small vials and injected with a syringe
Dr. Michelle Chester displays the coronavirus vaccine in Queens, New York. Mark Lennihan/Pool via REUTERS
Vaccines have to be transported in extremely cold conditions and are being shipped in industrial freezers designed to move perishable food like tuna
Dr. Michelle Chester prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Scott Heins/Getty Images
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, was the first hospital to role out the COVID-19 vaccine in the US
Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse, was the first to be inoculated. Mark Lennihan/Pool via REUTERS
Healthcare workers are among the first wave Americans to be inoculated
Registered Nurse Stephanie Cal receives the COVID-19 vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Scott Heins/Getty Images
The FDA found no major health concerns with the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine
The common side effects include pain at the injection site, fatigue, and headaches. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS
Lindsay spoke about her experience at a press conference Monday morning
After getting the injection, Lindsay said she was feeling well and thanked the front line workers and her colleagues. Scott Heins/Getty Images
New York, which was once the epicenter of the virus, is confronting a second wave
“I feel like healing is coming,” Sandra Lindsay said after being the first American to get injected. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end in a very painful time in our history.” Mark Lennihan/Pool via REUTERS
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended the vaccination by video call
“This vaccine is exciting because I believe this is the weapon that will end the war,” Cuomo said. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Dr. Jason Smith was the first Kentucky resident to be vaccinated
Smith showed off his bandage to the press at the University of Louisville Hospital. Jon Cherry/Getty Images
Five employees of the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky got the vaccine
Beth Sum, RN, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at University of Louisville Hospital. Jon Cherry/Getty Images
Ohio State University received one box of 975 doses of the vaccine
Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives the vaccination from Robert Weber. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
Connecticut has a phased approach to vaccinating, with healthcare workers getting priority
Hartford HealthCare’s Colleen Teevan administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to a front-line healthcare worker outside of Hartford Hospital. AP Photo/Jessica Hill
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