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Gov. JB Pritzker takes questions at his daily COVID-19 briefing in Chicago on Friday, Dec. 18.

SPRINGFIELD — Coronavirus vaccinations from the state’s National Strategic Stockpile were delivered Thursday to 77 hospitals in 45 counties throughout the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced at his daily briefing.

SPRINGFIELD – The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arrived in Illinois Monday, but officials said there’s still a need for social distancing, face coverings and other mitigations as a full rollout could take months.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

SPRINGFIELD – Five health care workers at a hospital in Peoria became the first people in Illinois to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, marking what Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike called “the beginning of the end” of the pandemic.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued vaccine recommendations for the use of pneumococcal vaccines. On August 13,…