Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams hold press conference alongside George Washington University Hospital health workers as COVID-19 vaccinations are due to start.
Health care workers across the United States were receiving the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a landmark step in the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
A nurse in New York City became that state's first – and likely the nation's – to receive the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It's the first authorized in the country to combat the coronavirus.
"I feel hopeful today," said Sandra Lindsay, the critical care nurse at New York's Long Island Jewish Medical Center, after she received the shot.
Vaccinations also occurred in North Carolina, Rhode Island, Florida, Ohio and other states. A total of 145 sites will receive vaccines Monday, 125 Tuesday and 66 on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday at a briefing call.
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