NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) — Edward Hospital in Naperville received its shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Thursday morning.

Nearly 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived by minivan surrounded by a police escort at before dawn…the first shipment of more to come.

“Today is a momentous for us as we receive the vaccine, we begin to vaccinate our employees this afternoon and it’s really for us represents the beginning of the end,” said Mary Lou Mastro, Edward-Elmhurst Health CEO.

The hospital had originally expected to get its first batch of about 2,000 vaccines on Tuesday.

Suburban hospitals are now part of the mass vaccination effort happening across the country shots were given in Will County Thursday afternoon and more are expected today in DuPage County.

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SOURCE ( Jessica D’Onofrio /ABC 7)