Illinois receives $90 million to expand vaccination efforts

Illinois receives $90 million to expand vaccination efforts
The Vice President’s visit to Chicago today will be followed up by Governor J.B. Pritzker speaking to the press at 2 p.m. (Source: Governor JB Pritzker/Facebook)

CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago on Tuesday, April 6.

Her visit was followed up by Governor J.B. Pritzker speaking to the press at 2 p.m.

The press event with Pritzker was at Ping Tom Park, outside of Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse, in Chicago.

Governor Pritzker joins local officials for press availability following the Vice President's visit to a vaccination site.

Governor Pritzker joins local officials for press availability following the Vice President's visit to a vaccination site.

Posted by Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

CDC awards money to expand vaccination efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded Illinois $90 million to expand vaccination efforts.

The city of Chicago received an additional $33,864,736.

The funds were made available through the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

“We are doing everything we can to expand access to vaccinations,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Millions of Americans are getting vaccinated every day, but we need to ensure that we are reaching those in the communities hit hardest by this pandemic. This investment will support state and local health departments and community-based organizations as they work on the frontlines to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake.”

COVID-19 update in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,931 cases of COVID-19, including 13 additional deaths, on Tuesday.

Of the newly reported deaths, three were in the Heartland: a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s from Massac County, as well as a man in his 60s from Union County.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,261,667 cases, including 21,395 deaths.

A total of 20,737,823 tests for the virus have been conducted in the state.

As of Monday night, 1,648 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 357 patients were in the ICU and 143 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 30-April 5 was 4.5 percent.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 8,061,075.

This number includes doses allocated for the Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities, which effectively has ended.

A total of 6,413,258 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of midnight.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 106,976 doses.

On Monday, 95,188 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

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