Nearly one year since Illinois locked down, vaccines are a light at the end of the tunnel

A doctor holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
A doctor holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (U.S. Secretary of Defense on Flickr, photo by Lisa Ferdinando / CC BY 2.0)

By Carlyn Kranking
Medill Reports

This weekend will mark one year since Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker locked down the state with a stay at home order on March 21, 2020. Now, more than 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state, inoculating 11.68% of the population, and counting, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Come May, the supply of vaccines might be large enough for anyone to receive one, as President Joe Biden has claimed. With this so-called “open season” just around the corner, it’s time to get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Use this interactive graphic to answer commonly asked questions and learn how to act when you get your vaccination appointment.

Carlyn Kranking is a Health, Environment and Science reporter at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @Carlyn_Kranking.

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