The State of Illinois is receiving another $124-million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand the state's COVID-19 vaccination program. A press release from the Illinois Department of Public Health says around 75 percent of the funding will go toward under-served communities and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The funding will help the state expand partnerships with safety-net hospitals, African America and Latino places of worship, and rural vaccination teams. The IDPH says most of the money will go to local health departments to increase the vaccination rate.
The IDPH says so far eighty health department through Illinois have opened vaccine eligible to all residents age sixteen and older.