US begins COVID-19 vaccinations at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

The largest vaccination campaign in US history gets underway as health workers in select hospitals roll up their sleeves for shots to protect them from COVID-19 and start beating back the pandemic — a day of optimism even as the nation’s death toll nears 300,000.

“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” says critical case nurse Sandra Lindsay, the first to get the shot at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.

Shipments of precious frozen vials of vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech begin arriving at hospitals around the country.

“This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says as he watches Lindsay’s vaccination via video.

— AP