The Queens nurse who bravely rolled up her sleeve for the nation’s first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine shot was honored on Friday by President Biden — and may have her scrubs despatched to the Smithsonian.
Biden introduced Sandra Lindsay, an immigrant from Jamaica, with a framed “Excellent American By Alternative” award from US Citizenship and Immigration Providers.
Lindsay worse a vibrant pink swimsuit to the White Home East Room as Biden introduced that her hospital scrubs and COVID-19 vaccination card will go on show on the Smithsonian Museum of American Historical past.
“Sandra immigrated to Queens, New York, from Jamaica when she was 18 years outdated. Over the previous, and I don’t consider this, 30 years — she doesn’t look 30 years outdated — she’s pursued her dream of turning into a nurse to permit her to do what she needed to do essentially the most: give again to her new nation,” Biden mentioned.
Lindsay, director of nursing for vital care at Northwell Well being in Queens, stoically obtained her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 14 — placing a face on the early wave of vaccine distribution within the US. She obtained her second dose on Jan. 4.
“I really feel like I’ve accomplished sort of the marathon, I’ve closed the loop. I do know we’re not out of the woods but, we don’t have that herd immunity but, however the burden feels positively a lot lighter at this time,” she mentioned after being totally vaccinated.
As of Friday, 66.8 % of US adults have had not less than one vaccine shot, in response to CDC information.
Biden honored Lindsay as he presided over a ceremony granting citizenship to a various group of immigrants to have a good time the Fourth of July vacation weekend.
“She earned a bachelor’s diploma. Then a grasp’s diploma. Then a doctorate diploma. And her citizenship. And now she’s director of nursing for vital care at a hospital on Lengthy Island,” Biden mentioned.
“In the course of the peak of the pandemic, she poured her coronary heart and soul into her work to assist sufferers struggle for his or her lives and to maintain her fellow nurses protected.”
Biden famous that along with caring for sufferers, Lindsay suffered the lack of members of the family.
“With a grandson at house, prematurely, she did what she needed to do. She saved her distance and saved him protected. He’s protected. However she misplaced an aunt and uncle to the virus,” Biden mentioned.
“However in her ache, she didn’t lose hope. When the time got here, she was the primary particular person in America to get totally vaccinated outdoors of medical trials. She will now hug her grandson. She’s on the market ensuring her sufferers and folk in her group are getting vaccinated to allow them to get again to their lives and their family members.”
The president repeated his often-told flattery for nurses, saying, “Sandra, if there are any angels in heaven as I advised you, having spent plenty of time within the ICU, they’re all nurses, female and male. Docs allow you to reside, nurses make you need to reside.”
Biden mentioned that Lindsay’s COVID-19 vaccination card, hospital scrubs and the badge she wore on Dec. 14 “shall be included within the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum American historical past exhibit on COVID-19.” The DC museum is presently open to guests in the event that they e book a free timed-entry appointment.