Black nurse is first to receive COVID vaccine in US

Nurse Sandra Lindsay is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr Michelle Chester. (AP: Mark Lennihan)

Sandra Lindsay, a black intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York was the first person to receive a coronavirus vaccination in the United States outside of a trial.

Lindsay received the jab earlier today following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday.

The approval comes at a time when cases are spiking in the nation which is on the brink of 300,000 fatalities related to the virus pandemic.

The arrival of vaccine doubly important as cases increase in New York, which had a relatively slow period during the summer months after a disastrous first wave rocked the state of seven million people.

The vaccine will be given to those considered most at-risk, including frontline healthcare workers and staff and residents of nursing homes and long-term-care facilities.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, during a press conference said “This vaccine is exciting because I believe this is the weapon that will end the war. We have planes, trains and automobiles moving this all over the state right now. We want to get it deployed, and we want to get it deployed quickly.”