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COVID New York: The first NYCOVID vaccine given to Queens nurses

New York City (WABC)-The director of critical care at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ) in Queens became the first person to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in New York.

RN’s Sandra Lindsay received the vaccine after 9am on Monday, while Governor Andrew Cuomo watched over Albany via a live stream.

The first shipment of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine arrived in New York early Monday morning.

LIJ is one of 44 New York City Hospitals with the ultra-cold storage required for vaccines.

Pfizer vaccines are shipped from Michigan packed in dry ice. The hospital will then unpack and move to a special freezer within 90 seconds.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that potentially high-risk hospital workers will be vaccinated first, followed by nursing home workers and residents next week.

Next are important workers who interact with the general public, such as teachers and firefighters.

The general public may not be able to see the vaccine until February.

Related: Governor Murphy says New Jersey’s first COVID vaccine to be given on Tuesday

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will prioritize the affected areas.

“We are determined not to distribute this vaccine depending on who has the most wealth, privilege, or celebrity,” De Blasio said. “We will distribute it according to which community needs it most … Effectively and quickly disseminate it to everyone in need of this vaccine, just as New York can do.”

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Pfizer began developing the vaccine in January and has been used in hospitals with FDA approval last week in less than a year.

The Chief Pharmacy Officer of Mount Sinai Health System calls this a miracle. Moderna’s COVID vaccine may be approved by the FDA by the end of this week.

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