The vial containing the first administered dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. is making history, joining the artifacts at the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced Tuesday that the vial, as well as other materials associated with it, are now part of its acquisitions.
Northwell Health in New York, which administered the first U.S. vaccine, donated the items.
Sandra Lindsay is believed to be the first American to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The intensive care unit nurse was seen getting her shot in front of cameras on Dec. 14, 2020.
In addition to the vial, Lindsay’s vaccination record card, along with her scrubs and hospital ID badge also now belong to the famed Washington institution.
These now historic artifacts document not only this remarkable scientific progress but represent the hope offered to millions living through the cascading crises brought on by COVID-19,” Anthea Hartig, the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan director, said in a statement.
The vial is part of an ongoing initiative by the Smithsonian to collect items documenting the pandemic. The effort also includes a website where the public can share stories, videos and photos from 2020 that the museum said will serve “as a digital time capsule for future generations.”
The Smithsonian has said that because of pandemic-related health and safety protocols, it has had to limit the number of artifacts brought into its museums.
“Additional artifacts related to the pandemic will be brought in and processed when the museum returns to full operation,” the Smithsonian said in an announcement about the vial donation.