Sen. Terri Bryant pressed Illinois Department of Public Health director Ngozi Ezike on Thursday for answers about a plan to administer COVID-19 vaccines to inmates in Illinois prisons.

State and local officials shared mixed reviews with lawmakers on Thursday about Illinois’ early COVID-19 vaccination efforts but settled on a common message: demand for vaccine far outpaces supply.

Addressing members of the Senate Health Committee, officials from the state’s smallest counties to its most populous city stressed the need for the federal government to deliver more vaccine doses as Illinois looks to expand eligibility in the coming weeks.

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