Vaccination coverage, or the percent of people who have received particular vaccines, is measured at national, state and local levels. The Immunization Program reviews data to assess vaccination coverage, identify populations at risk and measure the impact of current initiatives.
Data collected in Vermont
Data for 2019-2020 coming soon.
Vermont law requires that all regulated center-based and family child care facilities submit annual data on immunization coverage. The 2018-2019 Immunization Survey was conducted through the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Child Development Division (CDD) in collaboration with the Department of Health Immunization Program.
Key Findings in 2019
In 2018-2019, 95% of all regulated child care programs completed the report. The 997 programs reporting represent 17,822 children younger than age five (approximately 59% of all Vermont children that age) and not enrolled in school, receiving full or part-time care. A limitation of the data is that children may be enrolled in, and reported by, more than one child care program.
For children younger than five years of age enrolled in Vermont regulated child care programs:
- 93.7% met all vaccine requirements for their age, an improvement of 0.6% from the prior year.
- For all individual vaccines, the percentage of children meeting requirements rose in 2018-2019.
- Coverage was above 95% for each required vaccine.
- 3.5% were provisionally admitted (children that were not up-to-date on all required vaccines and did not have a signed exemption), a decrease from 4.0% in 2017-2018.
- 2.6% had a religious exemption, consistent with the previous year.
- 0.2% had a medical exemption, the same percentage as school age children.
View the Data
- Vaccination Coverage Data by Licensed Child Care Program, 2018-2019 (This spreadsheet is organized by the child care facility name but may be ordered differently (e.g., by town, highest to lowest percentage, etc.) by first clicking on the button, and then sorted using the arrows at the top of each column.)
- Vaccination Coverage Summary Data, 2018-2019
The Vermont Department of Health collects vaccination coverage data from all Vermont public and independent schools. See the memo Compliance with Vermont’s Immunization Law and Regulations from Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine, M.D. and Secretary of Education Daniel M. French, Ed.D.
Key Findings in 2020
Kindergarten through 12th grade
The percentage of Vermont K-12 students receiving all required vaccines remains high, increasing from 94.5% last year to 95.1%. These are the highest coverage levels reported since K-12 data collection began in 2012. Coverage at individual schools varies widely. See the "VIEW THE 2019-2020 DATA" section below for coverage at each school.
The percentage of students provisionally admitted was 1.7%, a 0.6 percentage point decrease from last year. These students were not up to date on one or more required vaccines and did not have a signed exemption.
The percentage of K-12 students with a medical exemption remained stable at 0.2%. Religious exemptions decreased 0.1 percentage point, to 3.0%.
97.2% of K-12 students met the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination requirement. Coverage was lower in independent schools (93.7%) than public schools (97.6%).
The percentage of Vermont public and independent kindergarten students receiving all required vaccines in the 2019-20 school year was 92.2%, an all-time high. This is an increase of 1.8% percentage points from last year, when coverage dropped slightly.
4.2% of kindergarteners were provisionally admitted (not up to date on all required vaccines and did not have a signed exemption), almost a full percentage point lower than last year. By first grade, provisional admission decreased to 1.8%.
The percentage of kindergarten students with a religious exemption decreased to 3.5%, down from 4.4% in 2018-19. Receiving all required vaccines remains the norm for Vermont kindergarteners, with the vast majority not exempted from requirements. Religious exemption levels were higher in independent schools (9.7%); than public schools (3.1%).
94.5% of kindergarten students met the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination requirement. Coverage was lower in independent schools (86.6%, but 4.5 percentage points higher than last year) than public schools (95.0%). Measles outbreaks in the United States highlight the importance of maintaining high (93-95%) MMR vaccine coverage. Pockets of low coverage can make communities vulnerable to an outbreak.
2019-2020 Kindergarten MMR Vaccine Coverage Rates by County
- Kindergarten by county (County level vaccine coverage data for public and independent students entering kindergarten.)
Historical School-Level Data
Vermont's Immunization Rule sets minimum vaccination requirements for attendance at colleges to protect students, staff and visitors against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Key Findings 2020
Statewide data submitted for the fall semester of 2019 show that overall 94.9% of college students are fully vaccinated with over 97% meeting the requirement for two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
View the Data
2017 National Immunization Survey Results, 2017
The National Immunization Surveys (NIS) are two annual telephone surveys which assess immunization rates. The CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases sponsors and conducts the surveys.
Vermont tracks adult health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and use of preventive services using a telephone survey called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an annual report on Seasonal Flu Vaccination Coverage by age group and season.