Nurse who got 1st COVID-19 vaccine in US gets her booster shot

By , 1010 WINS Newsroom

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A nurse at a Queens, New York hospital who became the first person in the United States to get vaccinated against COVID-19 last year got her booster shot on Wednesday — and encouraged other eligible individuals to do the same.

Sandra Lindsay, who works at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, rolled up her sleeve and got the shot at her hospital in Glen Oaks Wednesday morning.

In an interview with 1010 WINS’ Brigitte Quinn, Lindsay said getting her booster shot “signifies another chapter in the fight against this deadly pandemic.”

Lenox Hill Hospital physician Yves Duroseau, the first doctor in the U.S. to get vaccinated, and North Shore University Hospital intensive care unit nurse Elyse Isopo also got their booster shots, ABC7 reported.

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“The science projected that health care workers who are at risk, because we work with very sick patients, especially in my area — critical care — that it’s safe and recommended for us to get that extra protection,” Lindsay explained to Quinn. “And so, as I did in the beginning, by following the science and letting the science be my guide, it was an easy decision for me to get the booster.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended booster shots for some Pfizer vaccine recipients, including some adults with underlying medical conditions, adult long-term care setting residents and people who are at “increased risk” for exposure and transmission.

Asked to share her thoughts about New Yorkers who have yet to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shots, Lindsay said her “hope is that everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated avail themselves, make themselves available to get vaccinated.”

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Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, December 14, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo credit Mark Lennihan - Pool/Getty Images

“And I continue to speak to people and, you know, give them the right information, so that they can make an informed [decision],” she said.

While Lindsay was hoping to see the country cross the pandemic’s “finish line” this past spring, she noted that “we’re still dragging, [but] we will get there.”

“It’s just taking longer,” she said. “We have to approach this as a team, as a community, together, so that we can get through this together.”

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