Durbin, Duckworth Announce More than $9 million to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a total of $9.709 million in federal funding to Illinois to provide critical COVID-19 public health infrastructure support, such as data monitoring capabilities, for vaccination distribution and administration. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will receive $6,691,329 for vaccine distribution, laboratory support, and other activities, and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) will receive $3,017,831 for these coronavirus response efforts.

“Thankfully, vaccines are now on their way to Illinois, and we can see a path out of the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will help ensure that Illinois will be able to successfully and equitably deliver the vaccine to people in every corner of our state,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I remain committed to providing our health departments and experts with the federal funding needed to get through this crisis.”

“With Americans now getting the COVID-19 vaccine—and approval of a second vaccine on the horizon—our country and our state are inching toward the light at the end of this devastating COVID-19 tunnel,” said Duckworth “This federal investment will be used to help distribute vaccines efficiently and equitably across Illinois. I’ll keep working alongside Senator Durbin and state and local health officials to support Illinoisans, especially those from hard-hit communities, in getting vaccinated.”

This federal funding is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.  To date, Illinois has received $346.4 million and Chicago has received $218 million in federal funding secured by Senators Durbin and Duckworth from the CDC for the COVID-19 response.