The first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered Monday morning to health care workers at a New York hospital, a moment eagerly anticipated by a pandemic-weary nation.
Critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay was the first person in the U.S. to receive the vaccine.
“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” Lindsay said after getting a shot in the arm at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.
“This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he watched Lindsay's vaccination via video.
The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Monday, as the nation's pandemic deaths surpassed the horrifying new milestone of 300,000.