Dianne Lugo, Staff Writer

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in the United States. The first to receive the vaccine in the country, outside of the trial, was a New York ICU nurse named Sandra Lindsay at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. I

Vaccinations also began in California after the first shipment landed at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night. Among the first to receive the doses were L.A healthcare workers; five people were vaccinated at Kaiser Permanente in East Hollywood. 

Overall, the state will receive 327,000 doses of the vaccine in the first batch. 83,000 of those doses will come to Los Angeles County over the next week. 

The doses come as the state faces record cases of COVID-1 and a record number of patients being hospitalized with the disease. In Los Angeles, 4,203 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday. 

Those are worrying numbers as space in intensive care units continues to shrink across the state. 

In Southern California, there remains only 4.2% capacity in the units. Statewide, the Department of Public health reported a total of 7.4% ICU capacity.