First U.S. COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin after FDA Authorization

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It's a landmark day as ICU nurse Sandra Lindsay at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens was one of the very first people to receive the vaccine this morning at 9:20 a.m. ET.  As reported by CNN Lindsay shared, "It didn't feel any different than taking any other vaccine." 

She went on to say, "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."

In the Spring of 2020, Queens, N.Y. was at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and they have treated over 100,000 people with COVID. 

The U.S. FDA approved the Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine late last week and the vaccine began shipping within 24 hours to 50 states at 600 different locations. The CDC has recommended that healthcare and frontline workers get the vaccine first, but ultimately distribution is left to each state about who receives the vaccine when. 

To be 95% effective, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given in two shots that must be administered 21 days apart. Find out when you might be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the possible side effects of this life-saving treatment.