Jamaican born nurse, Sandra Lindsay, and distinguished actor, Denzel Washington will both receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The award is the top civilian honour in the United States.

The announcement was made by the White House on Friday.

Lindsay is famous for being the first person in America to receive the post-trial Covid-19 vaccine in 2020.

She is the director of critical care nursing at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York.

Lindsay joins General Collin Powell as a person of Jamaican heritage to be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Denzel Washington is a two-time Academy Award winner, and considered by many to be the greatest actor of all time.

He is known for performances in films such as “Fences,” “Philadelphia” and “Malcolm X,” and he scored Academy Awards for “Training Day” and “Glory.”

He also won a Tony Award for a stage version of “Fences.”

Both will receive the honour next Thursday at the White House in Washington, DC.

Lindsay and Washington are part of a 17-member class that will receive the Medal of Freedom.

Among the others that will receive the honour are footballer and activist, Megan Rapinoe and multiple Olympic gold medallist, Simone Biles.

Apple founder, Steve Jobs and politician John McCain will be honoured posthumously.

Others to be honoured are activist, Raúl Yzaguirre, Brigadier General Wilma Vaughtis, former Senator Alan Simpson and the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Gabby Giffords.

In making the announcement the White House said, “President Biden has long said that America can be defined by one word: possibilities. These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith.”

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavours.