Tuesday, January 12, 2021 3:02 PM EST
By SOPHIA TAREEN, AP
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top doctor has received a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in suburban Chicago. Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike gave an emotional address Tuesday before getting the shot saying she was getting vaccinated for her family and hopes vaccinations are soon widespread. She calls the vaccine the next step toward “getting our normal lives back.” The news comes as public health officials logged 6,642 new confirmed and probable cases Tuesday and 117 additional deaths. Overall, Illinois has reported more than 1 million cases and 17,743 deaths.