WATCH ABOVE: Governor Pritzker and health officials give an update on COVID-19 in Illinois Tuesday as vaccinations begin across the state

CHICAGO — Healthcare workers across Illinois are rolling up their sleeves to receive the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday, providing a dose of hope as the state continues to see more deaths related to the disease than at any other point of the pandemic.

The first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were administered to healthcare workers across the state this morning, including at Loretto Hospital on Chicago’s West Side.

Governor JB Pritzker was on hand as workers received their doses at the OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria and called it an “exciting moment.”

“These are our heroes, and our heroes now have

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