An intensive care unit nurse is believed to have become the first person in the United States to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 14, 2020. Sandra Lindsay, who has treated some of the sickest COVID-19 patients for months, was given the vaccine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City. After receiving the vaccine, she states that she feels “a huge sense of relief.”
“It’s tremendous. It’s a game changer. It brings us hope. We have a bright future ahead of us.” Says Dr. Yves Duroseau, a frontline worker who is one of the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York. In this video, he tells CNN about how he feels after getting the first dose, and the importance of staying vigilant.
“It is a great day for science,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It’s a great day for humanity. When you realize that your vaccine has a 90% effectiveness, that’s overwhelming. You understand that the hopes of billions of people and millions of businesses and hundreds of governments that we felt on our shoulders. Now we can credibly tell them I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
In Washington D.C., firefighters will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in public as part of a trust building campaign to show the safety of the vaccine and to build confidence among the public. “I’m getting vaccinated for my city,” Lt. Keishea Jackson, who is in the homeland security division, said in an emailed statement. “In the last nine months, I’ve seen COVID devastate my department. I’ve seen my brothers and sisters go into the hospital. I’ve seen them with severe symptoms — things we never thought we would see.”
Roughly one in a hundred thousand people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have had severe allergic reactions, US health officials said while stressing that the benefits of immunization greatly outweigh the known risks.
The data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which documented 21 cases of anaphylaxis after administration of a reported 1,893,360 shots from December 14 to December 23.
As state and federal officials work to expedite the distribution of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to health care workers and long-term care senior living residents, experts worry that a dangerous myth linking the COVID-19 vaccines to infertility may further hinder efforts to deliver them safely and quickly. Facebook has since flagged posts containing the myth, labeling them “false information” — and in a statement to Yahoo Life, a spokesperson for Pfizer denied the claims. But to help clear up any confusion, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
Vaccinations are important to both maternal and child health. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization in Special Situations state that except for smallpox and yellow fever vaccines, neither inactivated nor live-virus vaccines administered to a lactating woman affect the safety of breastfeeding for women or their infants.
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