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Frontline worker from Ozone Park receives fi rst dose of
Moderna vaccine at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
BY JACOB KAYE
A week aft er Pfi zer’s COVID-19 vaccine
made its way to Queens, Moderna’s
vaccine, which recently
received emergency approval from the
Food and Drug Administration, began to
be used to inoculate frontline workers at
Long Island Jewish Valley Stream.
After more than 6,600 Northwell
Health frontline workers were vaccinated
last week with the Pfi zer-BioNTech
vaccine, Arlene Ramirez, a registered
Screenshot via YouTube/Northwell Health
nurse and the director of patient care
for the emergency department at the
Northwell Health hospital, was one of
the fi rst to receive the new vaccine on
Monday, Dec. 21.
Ramirez, an Ozone Park resident, previously
contracted the virus in March.
Longterm immunity from the virus isn’t
proven, making the vaccine important
for people like Ramirez to receive.
“This vaccine is hope, hope that we
will cease this pandemic, hope that we
can live a better life,” Ramirez, 44, said
aft er receiving her shot. “We should not
be afraid of the vaccine. We should be
afraid of COVID.”
Ramirez’s father also was diagnosed
with COVID-19 during the virus’s fi rst
wave in the city. He passed away from
complications related to the virus earlier
this year aft er spending more than a
month in the ICU in the hospital where
his daughter works.
The shot was administered by Michelle
Chester, the director of employee health
services at Northwell, on Monday. Chester
was also the doctor of nurse practice
to administer the vaccine to to Sandra
Lindsay, the fi rst person to receive the
vaccine in the United States.
The Moderna vaccine varies slightly
from Pfi zer’s vaccine. It requires an extra
seven days between doses – Pfi zer’s
requires 21 days and Moderna’s requires
28. The Moderna vaccine can also be
stored safely at regular refrigerator
Despite the continued good news of the
vaccines, Michael Dowling, Northwell’s
CEO, pleaded with people to continue to
practice COVID-19 precautions.
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