Covid-19 Vaccine Immunizations to Start Today

History is being made as the first Covid-19 vaccines are officially being rolled out, with doses arriving in all 50 states today, according to CNN. Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York, which was at the epicenter of the outbreak, was the first healthcare worker to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, according to Reuters. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others applauded her via livestream.

“This is the next step in our efforts to protect Americans, reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and help restore some normalcy to our lives and our country,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said in a statement.

More than 100 million people may be immunized by the end of March, according to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, U.S. Operation Warp Speed’s chief adviser. The first shipments were carried in trucks and cargo planes that were dispersed from FedEx and UPS hubs in Tennessee and Kentucky.

In addition to healthcare workers, elderly residents in nursing homes will also be among the first to receive the vaccine, according to Reuters. It will be administered in two doses given a few weeks apart.

However, officials are still warning Americans to not see it as an immediate cure all and encouraging people to still wear their masks and social distance. The plans now include distributing 40 million vaccine doses by the end of the year with 50 to 80 million doses to follow in January and February, according to health officials.