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State to open up vaccine access on April 12 to everyone 16 and over

The light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel is getting brighter, according to state officials.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that increases in vaccine supplies will allow everyone age 16 and older to qualify for vaccination appointments starting April 12, effectively abandoning the phases limiting access.

He said special efforts will be made before April 12 to vaccinate the most vulnerable people.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike, who early on characterized the pandemic response as a 26-mile marathon, said the race could be over soon . . .

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