QUEENS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A nurse who works in an Intensive Care Unit at a Queens, New York hospital became the first New Yorker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech.

The nurse received the vaccine during a virtual news conference with Governor Andrew Cuomo on the state’s website.

“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” said critical case nurse Sandra Lindsay after getting a shot in the arm at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Lindsay is believed to be one of the first in the U.S. to receive the vaccine.

 I would like to thank all the frontline workers, all my colleagues, who’ve been doing a yeoman’s job throughout this pandemic all over the world. I am hopeful. I feel I hope today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming and this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe. We’re in a pandemic and so we all need to do our part to put an end to the pandemic and to not give up so soon. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we still need to continue to wear our masks, to social distance.

“This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he watched Lindsay’s vaccination via video.

Health care workers and nursing home residents are slated to be the first people to get the vaccine. It began shipping from the Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in Michigan over the weekend.