Vaccination Coverage

Vaccination Coverage

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

Child Care Vaccination Coverage Data

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:

Meeting Requirements
  • 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.
Provisional Admission
  • 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.
Exemptions
  • 2.6% had a religious exemption, consistent with the previous year.
  • 0.2% had a medical exemption, the same percentage as school age children.

 

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2018-2019 Child Care Immunization Coverage
K-12 Public and Independent Schools Vaccination Coverage Data

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

    Meeting Requirements

    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.   

     

    Provisional Admission

    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.

    Exemptions

    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%.

    MMR

    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%). 

     

    Kindergarten

    Meeting Requirements

    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.

    Provisional Admission

    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%.

    Exemptions

    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%).

    MMR  

    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.)

    View the 2019-2020 Data

    • Statewide by all grades (K-12)
    • By school (This spreadsheet is organized by school name but may be ordered differently (e.g., by supervisory union, highest to lowest percentage, etc.) by sorting using the arrows at the top of each column.)

    Historical School-Level Data

    Colleges and Universities Vaccination Coverage 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.

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    Vermont College Vaccination Coverage, 2019-2020

    National Data

    National Immunization Survey (Children and Teens)

    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.

    Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Adults)

    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).

    Learn more about the BRFSS

    National Seasonal Flu Vaccination Coverage

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an annual report on Seasonal Flu Vaccination Coverage by age group and season.