Nurse Sandra Lindsay receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Queens nurse who received the first FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Biden, the White House said.

Sandra Lindsay, a Northwell Health critical care nurse, will join gold medalist Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington, late Republican Senator John McCain and Apple founder Steve Jobs.

“I am honored and honored to be among the 17 Exceptional recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom! This recognition is meaningful to me and my loved ones. It’s also a huge recognition of my Northwell Health family, nurses and medical workers around the world, women, women of color, Jamaicans, minorities and immigrants to name a few! Read more about recipients’ remarkable contributions to this great nation!” Lindsay said on her LinkedIn page following Friday’s announcement.

Sandra Lindsey.
Sandra Lindsay received the first dose of Pfizer’s BioNTech vaccine on December 14, 2020.
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Joe Biden.
President Biden will present the Medal of Freedom to Sandra Lindsay on July 7 at the White House.
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Jamaican immigrant Sandra Lindsay is presented with US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Outstanding Citizen By Choice Award by US President Joe Biden.
Sandra Lindsay received the Outstanding American by Choice award from US Citizenship and Immigration Services last year.
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Lindsay, an immigrant from Jamaica, was honored by Biden with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s “Outstanding American by Choice” award last July.

She received her first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 14, 2020 and her second dose on January 4, 2021. In doing so, she became the first person in the United States to be fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.

The ceremony will take place at the White House on July 7th.

Sandra Lindsey.
“I am honored and honored to be among the 17 distinguished recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom!” Sandra Lindsay responded.
Bridget Stelzer Nurse Sandra Lindsay receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom


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