On December 14, 2020, an Intensive Care Unit nurse in New York was among the first Americans to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. This batch was developed by Pfizer. Other pharmaceutical companies will soon be bringing their version of the vaccine to the battle to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus that has so far claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Americans and almost 14,000 Canadians.
Staff at rescue missions and shelters are considered essential workers and should be cleared to receive vaccinations once healthcare providers (doctors and nurses), and residents of long-term care facilities (senior centers providing medical assistance) have been vaccinated. Your state and local health departments will be planning for vaccination for essential workers soon.