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I was the first person in the US to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Nobody told Sandra Lindsay that her picture would make the front page of the New York Times. But that’s exactly what happened on December 15, the day after she became the first person in the U.S. to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “I’ve been on the front page of almost every major newspaper in the world,” she says. In fact, Lindsay, the director of intensive care at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, didn’t even know she was the first person to receive the shot until New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced it at a press conference later on this day. All she knew was that she couldn’t wait to get the life-saving vaccine. Today intensive care nurse Sandra Lindsay made history as the first American woman to be vaccinated: “I felt very relieved after taking the vaccine … there is hope.” Pic.twitter.com/45RWerTqdX – Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 15, 2020 Lindsay had spent most of 2020 in an intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients. She had seen firsthand how deadly the virus could be. So she decided to use the “unexpected and overwhelming” attention she was getting as an opportunity to use her voice to “educate, clarify and inspire others” to be vaccinated as well. Here, Lindsay shares what it was like to be the first person in the US to receive an approved vaccine – and what people should know about their experiences on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Refinery29: How did you feel about the COVID-19 vaccine? Did you look forward to it? Were you nervous about it? Sandra Lindsay, RN: “My friends and family know that every day before the vaccine I would say, ‘I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait for the vaccine. ‘That was my song. “How did you find out you were going to get the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine?” On December 13, my Chief Nursing Officer reached out to me to ask if I was still interested in the vaccine as it wasn’t just after New York, but specially came to our hospital. I said, “Absolutely interested.” [The chief nursing officer] said, “Okay, you will get it in the morning.” It was a quick turnaround. When I got to work in the morning, I texted my son and said, “I’m getting the vaccine today.” He asked me if I was sure I wanted to get it that soon and I said yes. And off we went. “Did you know you would be the first person in America to get the vaccine?” No, I didn’t know I would be the first in New York State – no matter in the country. I knew I would be the first in Long Island Jewish Medical Center, but I didn’t know what happened when Governor Cuomo mentioned it. Even then, it didn’t hit me right away. “Did you hesitate to share your experience publicly?” Really don’t like the spotlight, but I’m in. Talking about [getting the vaccine] and what it meant to me seemed natural. I believe in setting a good example and not asking people to do something I wouldn’t. I got the vaccine [because] As a nurse, my professional responsibility was to restore public health and prevent suffering and death. And I had a personal responsibility to protect myself and the people around me. “Do you think you will be on the front lines and more open to the vaccine throughout the pandemic? “In March, April and part of May we cared for over 150 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit every day. It was physically and mentally exhausting. After seeing the pain and suffering – death in patients younger than me, in my age group, and older than me – I saw that it could happen to anyone; My family, friends, or I could potentially end up in that hospital bed too. I also knew that in a crisis of this magnitude, only vaccinations that go beyond preventative measures like masks and social distancing can help. “Before I came [the vaccine]I went to work every day and there was an element of fear. Because you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. You fear for yourself and your employees. We weren’t pessimistic – but there were feelings of helplessness because you couldn’t always help the patient or your staff. But after getting my first shot of the vaccine there was a sense of relief. It felt like a load was being taken off my shoulders. I was hoping we could do it. The help we needed was here. “I texted my son and said,” I’m getting the vaccine today. ” He asked me if I was sure I wanted to get it so soon. And I said yes. And off we went. Sandra Lindsay, RN What would you say to people who are still reluctant to get the vaccine? “I used my platform to provide special information to minorities, people of color and people who are reluctant to take the vaccine because of their history. I do not want to dismiss their fears and hesitations as part of it comes from differences in health care that we still see today among minorities. I understand this and acknowledge it as real. And for those who think so, I encourage them to look at the advances we have made and the systems that have been put in place to prevent harmful practices. And knowing that this time it’s different because the whole world is affected, so the whole world is watching. “The only way to help people overcome suspicion is to listen to, solve, and expose conspiracy theories and misunderstandings. We also need to provide ways to access the vaccine. It’s one thing to go out and educate, but when people don’t have access it adds another level of suspicion. Do you have any suggestions or advice for someone who might be wary of the vaccine? “I would suggest that people get curious, ask the right questions, go back in history and see how vaccinations have preserved human life over the years. I encourage people to trust science because science really affects every part of our lives, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night. It starts with your alarm clock. “How did you feel after you got the vaccine? “I didn’t feel any adverse effects from the vaccine. After that, I had slight pain at the injection site, about one on a scale from one to 10. No headache, fever, or fatigue. After I got my second shot [on January 4]I got myself physically and mentally fit because the Pfizer study participants reported that they had more headaches and fatigue after the second shot than after the first. I thought I was going to feel bad after the second – even though I knew the effects would gasp compared to and feel the other effects of COVID-19. But after the second shot I got a burst of energy. It might have been psychological, but the weight on my shoulders felt even lighter. The next day I had so much energy that I walked to the city harbor for a long time to watch the sunset. I felt good. I was grateful. “This interview has been summarized for length and clarity. Do you like what you see? How about a little more R29 grade, right here? If I had COVID-19, should I still get vaccinated? I tested the new coronavirus vaccineModerna’s COVID-19 vaccine has just received FDA approval

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