ICU nurse becomes first person in New York State to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 9:27 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 09:32:11-05

QUEENS, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Monday morning, an ICU nurse became the first person in New York State to receive the first dose of Pfizer's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The nurse, who works at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, received the vaccine during a live stream with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Following the administration of the shot, those in attendance applauded.

Pfizer's vaccine is administered in two doses. The second dose must be given 28 days after the first dose. It received FDA Emergency Use Authorization on Friday.

New York State expected to receive 170,000 doses of the vaccine by tomorrow. It also expects to receive more than 340,000 doses of Moderna's version of the vaccine by December 21. In all, this will give the state more than 500,000 doses of the vaccine before Christmas.
The Pfizer vaccine is being delivered to healthcare workers across the country on Monday.