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Dr. Ezike receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Dr. Ngozi Ezike receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 12, 2021.

RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WREX) — One of the state's top doctors has officially gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, received her first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday afternoon.

"The vaccine will give us our normal life back," Dr. Ezike said.

Dr. Ezike said she was getting vaccinated for husband, children who have "struggled and suffered in so many ways" like many children have during the pandemic.

“I waited to let my physician colleagues and other health care personnel receive the vaccine first because they have a higher risk than me of being exposed to COVID-19,” Dr. Ezike said.  “But I want to show people, and not just tell them, that I trust this vaccine and I want them to have confidence in the vaccine so they will get vaccinated when they are eligible. 

Dr. Ezike received the vaccine one day after Governor JB Pritzker said a formal announcement of when the state will be moving to Phase 1B of administering the vaccine is expected sometime this week.

On Tuesday, IDPH reported 6,642 new confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus along with 117 more deaths.

RELATED: Pritzker: Regions can start moving out of tier 3 mitigations this week

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,040,168 cases, including 17,743 deaths, across the state.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 93,491 specimens for a total 14,263,477.  As of last night, 3,553 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 757 patients were in the ICU and 409 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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