The first vaccine in New York was administered Monday — and the person they chose to give it to speaks volumes about very real concerns regarding safety and mistrust of the government.
The recipient was intensive-care nurse Sandra Lindsay, a Black woman working in healthcare, and she got the shot at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. Before the deed was done, Sandra was hailed for her bravery … for getting vaccinated in public, and for months of work treating COVID patients on the front lines.
As the doctor, also a woman of color, injected the needle … Sandra didn’t even flinch, and got a big round of applause.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on standby, watching the inoculation virtually. He noted Sandra didn’t make a fuss about it and that the doc who did it — Dr. Chester — must have a good touch. Sandra responded that it felt like any other shot or vaccine she’s gotten before.
The fact New York decided to publicize the first Pfizer vaccination with 2 women of color shouldn’t be lost on folks.
As we’ve mentioned, and as the federal government has noted too, African-Americans are highly suspicious of this vaccination effort, and many say they won’t take it or don’t trust it.
There’s a myriad of reasons why, but we got an up-close and personal look at that mindset this weekend with none other than Offset … who told us straight-up he wasn’t planning to get the shot.