Resources for Illinoisans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This page will be updated continuously to reflect the most recent information. This page was last updated on February 21, 2021.

In December, 2020, passed a new COVID-19 relief package, which will provide at least $900 billion in new federal funding and other support to help Illinoisans. Click here to learn more about the bipartisan relief package and the provisions Senator Duckworth supported in the December 2020 relief package, or continue reading to learn more about the resources available to Illinoisans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Illinois Residents
Am I eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine? Currently, Illinois is in Phase 1B+ of vaccine distribution, which expands vaccine eligibility to people in Illinois with serious medical conditions and builds on the state’s effort to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. The expansion includes residents 16 and older with disabilities or underlying conditions who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories, in accordance with CDC guidelines.  Medical conditions disproportionately impact people of color, and expansion of the criteria will advance the state’s goals of equitable distribution. 

The expanded list of eligible conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, heart conditions, immunosuppressed states from a solid organ transplant, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, pulmonary disease, and sickle cell disease.  The expansion of  Phase 1B+ will allow an additional 3.4 million people across Illinois to become eligible for the vaccine.

You may find up-to-date information on vaccine-eligible populations and to find your nearest vaccine location, click here. Illinoisans can also call (833) 621-1284 to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Where can I get my vaccine when I am eligible? For those who are eligible, you may check for vaccination availability through the Illinois Department of Public Health here. To learn more about local vaccine distribution, visit your county’s health department website. Please note that with limited vaccine supply, no walk in appointments are available at this time.

Have more questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? You can check the State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response webpage for Vaccine FAQs here. You may find more information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease and Control here. For Chicago residents, you may find more information here.

For small business owners: To learn more about resources available to small business owners, including the Paycheck Protection Program, grants, loans, debt relief programs as well as help for farmers, click here. 

For Illinoisans who have been laid off or are unemployed: Click here to apply for unemployment insurance in Illinois. More information on COVID-19 related unemployment benefits is available here.

For all Illinois residents: To learn more about resources available to all Illinoisans during COVID-19 including healthcare resources, rental relief, emergency paid leave, student loan relief and more, click here. If you feel sick or believe you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Stay home and away from others. Illinois Department of Public Health also provides an updated list of testing sites throughout Illinois here. All COVID-19 related updates from the State can be found here.

As a result of the December 2020 law, most Illinoisans will receive an additional, one-time $600 economic impact payment. Parents may also receive an additional $600 for each qualifying child (under the age of 17). Learn more about these payments and eligibility here.

For Veterans: To learn more about VA health resources, Veteran homeowner relief and more, click here.

For Illinoisans experiencing homelessness: The Illinois Department of Human Services has resources to help here. For Veterans, call 877-424-3838 for 24/7 access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans. For Chicago residents, call 311. Click here to learn more.

For Illinoisans experiencing food insecurity: To learn more about resources available for supplemental food and nutrition programs, click here. For information about your local food bank please click here.

For people with disabilities: Access Living has assembled a resource guide for COVID-19, available here.

This is a difficult time for everyone, and it's understandable that Americans might feel stressed and anxious right now. Please click here for mental health resources. If you or your children are coping with these feelings, CDC has helpful resources, available here.