Sandra Lindsay, a RN at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the first coronavirus vaccine on Monday during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference.
“So this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Cuomo about the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. “But it’s a long tunnel and we need people to continue to be doing the right thing. And the smart thing, all through the holiday season. And hopefully, when we get to about June, they estimate the vaccine can hit critical mass, but the health care workers will get it first because we know that you’re super stressed during this holiday season.”
According to Fox News, Lindsay said she’s hopeful and wanted to “instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.”
The Pfizer plant in Portage, Mich., loaded an estimated 3 million doses onto trucks for shipment.
“We’ve safely made our first deliveries of @pfizer–@BioNTech_Group COVID-19 vaccines,” FedEx tweeted. “We’re honored to be able to use our network to transport these critical vaccines in the U.S., and eventually, the world.”
The initial shipments are expected to “arrive in 145 distribution centers Monday across 50 states, with an additional 425 sites getting shipments Tuesday, and the remaining 66 on Wednesday,” according to published reports.
-Corine Gatti Santillo