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Photos: U.S. health workers start receiving COVID-19 vaccine

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Monday was a day to remember in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the United States As the country passed the grim milestone of 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, some Americans began to receive Pfizer and the vaccine from BioNTech, which won emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration Friday.

As expected, high-risk health workers are the first to receive vaccinations; Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, is said to be the first American to receive the vaccine outside of a clinical trial. After frontline healthcare workers, nursing home residents – who are causing a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths – are expected to be next in terms of priority. The vaccine will likely not be available to the vast majority of Americans until next spring at the earliest, according to government officials.

Yet relief doesn’t come a moment too soon. Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise across the country, forcing many states to reinstate lockdown measures that have already devastated huge swathes of the U.S. economy. Health officials fear the situation will only worsen over the winter and continue to warn Americans to wear face masks, avoid indoor and group gatherings and practice social distancing.

But the arrival of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, along with the pending approval of Moderna’s own COVID-19 vaccine, offers hope for a nation whose very way of life has been turned upside down by an unsuccessful pandemic. is produced only once in a century. With hundreds of sites across the United States set to receive the vaccine this week, the start of mass vaccinations indicates that the tide could turn against the virus – and that the end of all death and economic devastation, and a back to normal, could finally be on the horizon.

Below are some images from the first day of the historic vaccine rollout in the United States:

Nurse Sandra Lindsay bumps her elbows with hospital publicist Joseph Kemp after being inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York
Mark Lennihan – Pool / AFP / Getty Images
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Richard Guarino, associate director of supply chain operations at Boston Medical Center, delivers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to BMC Pharmacy.
Jessica Rinaldi – The Boston Globe / Getty Images
Pharmacy technicians receive a delivery of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to UW Health in Madison.
John Maniaci – UW Health / Reuters
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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear watches UPS driver Byron Bishop deliver COVID-19 vaccines to the University of Louisville hospital.
Jon Cherry – Getty Images
A frontline healthcare worker prepares to receive the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine at the University of Louisville hospital.
Scotty Perry – Bloomberg / Getty Images
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Pharmacy staff unpack the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine vials at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Scotty Perry – Bloomberg / Getty Images
Syringes for the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Louisville hospital.
Scotty Perry – Bloomberg / Getty Images
A freezer where the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine vials are stored at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Scotty Perry – Bloomberg / Getty Images
Yves Duroseau, MD, president of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, volunteers to be the second person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, NY
Timothy A. Clary – AFP / Getty Images

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