Jamaican-born Sandra Lindsay, a registered nurse who created history by becoming the first person to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States last year, was honoured by US President Joe Biden over the weekend.
Biden presented Lindsay with a framed “Outstanding American by Choice” award from US Citizenship and Immigration Services for her dedication of taking care of patients during the pandemic.
In addition, Lindsay’s hospital scrubs and vaccination card will go on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Biden was addressing a ceremony where he granted citizenship to a diverse group of immigrants to celebrate the fourth of July holiday weekend.
On December 14, 2020, Lindsay, a director of nursing for critical care at Northwell Health in Queens, New York, made global headlines when she was officially acknowledged as the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
Recently, Lindsay and her Jamaican-born brother, Garfield Lindsay, celebrated a massive achievement after they graduated with Doctors of Philosophy (PhDs) degrees in health sciences from AT Still University in Arizona.
The Lindsay family hails from Palmers Cross in Clarendon.