Wayne Walker reports

US-based critical care nursing director, Dr. Sandra Lindsay, is urging Jamaicans to get vaccinated as the country continues to confront the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Lindsay, who was born in Jamaica — created history by becoming the first American to be vaccinated against COVID-19, outside of a clinical trial.

Dr. Lindsay is currently Director of Nursing for Critical care at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York.

The Jamaican-born US critical care nurse was recently naturalized as a United States citizen and recognized by US President, Joe Biden, in a formal ceremony for her efforts to combat Covid-19.

She was also recognized by New York’s Mayor and the world’s largest museum – the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, which included her vaccination card, hospital scrubs, and badge in its hallowed halls as part of its exhibit on Covid-19.

Dr. Lindsay says vaccination is the only sure way Jamaica will beat the pandemic.

Dr. Lindsay says having battled the pandemic on the front lines in Queens, New York, she knows firsthand the devastating toll the virus has had on many lives.

Dr. Lindsay says the vaccine is the best defense against the virus.

She’s urging Jamaicans to resist what she describes as propagandists online.

The critical care nurse says she was also afraid of contracting the virus and ending up in an ICU bed at the hospital where she worked.

Dr. Lindsay says she felt an obligation to her colleague nurses and civic duty to her adopted country, the United States.

Dr. Lindsay says without vaccination, Jamaica will not be able to effectively combat the emerging variants of the virus.

She’s urging Jamaicans to band together to beat the pandemic.