Sandra Lindsay born 1968 in West Indies, Jamaica, of Queens, New York City, was the first American to be administered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was granted emergency use authorization three days later, on December 17, 2020. In July, she served as the grand marshal of New York City's Hometown Heroes Parade for front-line workers. Then she was honored by President Biden at a White House ceremony. She has completed her doctorate in health sciences while holding down her job as director of nursing for the critical care division at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, part of Northwell Health.