Smithsonian National Museum Collecting Items From COVID-19 Pandemic

Two vials and Nurse Sandra Lindsay’s vaccine record card. Image courtesy of the National Museum of America History.

WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is collecting items connected to the first-known doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

An intensive care nurse in New York named Sandra Lindsay was the first person known to receive the vaccine in the nation.

Her employer, Northwell Health, donated Lindsay’s vaccination record card, scrubs, and hospital identification badge to the Smithsonian for the museum exhibit.

Northwell also donated the empty Pfizer-Biontech vial that contained the first doses of approved vaccine dispensed in the U.S.

Other items such as a specialized vaccine “shipper” that monitors and maintains temperature were also acquired by the museum.

The Smithsonian is still collecting items to help illustrate life during the pandemic.

The public can share stories, pictures, and videos on the institute’s online portal through April.


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