The coronavirus pandemic has not provided many opportunities for levity or celebration. It’s little wonder, then, that a video of Boston health care workers dancing to Lizzo’s vibrant “Good as Hell” in celebration of the COVID-19 vaccines went viral this week.
Kate Walsh, president and CEO of the Boston Medical Center, shared the video Monday featuring frontline employees grooving — socially distanced and with masks — outside of the hospital. Boston Medical was one of the first places in the state to receive the vaccine. Per Boston.com, the hospital received nearly 2,000 doses Monday.
“Why I love my job,” Walsh captioned the video.“Teams of people working to safely and equitably distribute vaccines to their front line colleagues getting cheered on by their friends celebrating the arrival of the vaccines! A great day, a great place.”
Why I love my job @The_BMC ! Teams of people working to safely and equitably distribute vaccines to their front line colleagues getting cheered on by their friends celebrating the arrival of the vaccines! A great day, a great place. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XfrIthFIY5
— Kate Walsh (@KateWalshCEO) December 14, 2020
The reactions to the video on Twitter — which received over 3 million views since Monday — were similarly overjoyed.
"We badly needed a tiny glimmer of hope to keep us going," said Dr. Francisco J. Soto, a pulmonologist and professor in Nashville, in a reply.
Tami Gouveia, a Massachusetts state representative, commented: "So wonderful to see this level of joy and gratitude!"
In Massachusetts, health care workers "doing direct and COVID-facing care" will be the first recipients of the vaccine, according to the state's distribution timeline.
Vaccines continue to be distributed nationwide, as frontline health care and long-term care facility workers are among the first to be inoculated. In some states, such as Tennessee, vaccines will not arrive until later this week.
Contributing: Karen Weintraub. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lizzo dance at Boston Medical Center goes viral after vaccine arrives