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
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.
Key Findings in 2019
The percentage of Vermont K-12 students receiving all required vaccines remains high, increasing slightly from last year to 94.5%. 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 2018-2019 DATA" section below for coverage at each school.
2.3% were provisionally admitted, a 0.2 percentage point decrease from last year. These children 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 increased 0.2 percentage points, to 3.1%.
97% of K-12 students met the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination requirement. Coverage was slightly lower in independent schools (93.2%; 8,990 students) than public schools (97.4%; 75,454 students).
The percentage of Vermont public and independent kindergarten students receiving all required vaccines in the 2018-2019 school year was 90.4%. This is a drop of 0.7 percentage points from last year, when coverage reached a 10-year high, but is consistent with average coverage over the previous two years.
5.1% of kindergarteners were provisionally admitted (not up-to-date on all required vaccines and did not have a signed exemption), the same percentage as last school year. By first grade, provisional admission decreased to 2.3%.
The percentage of kindergarten students with a religious exemption increased 0.8 percentage points from 2017-2018, to 4.4%. However, receiving all required vaccines remains the norm for Vermont kindergarteners, with the large majority not exempted from requirements. Religious exemption levels were higher in independent schools (13.1%; 396 students) than public schools (3.8%; 5,730 students).
93% of kindergarten students met the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination requirement. Coverage was considerably lower in independent schools (82.1%) than public schools (93.8%). The current measles outbreaks in the United States highlights the importance of maintaining high (93-95%) MMR vaccine coverage. Pockets of low coverage can make communities vulnerable to an outbreak.
- Kindergarten by county (County level vaccine coverage data for public and independent students entering kindergarten.)
- View trends in kindergarten non-medical exemption and provisional admittance coverage.
- 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 first clicking on the button, and then sorted using the arrows at the top of each column.)
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 2019
Statewide data submitted for the fall semester of 2018 show that overall 95.9% of college students are fully vaccinated with over 98% meeting the requirement for two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
View the Data
2016 National Immunization Survey Results, 2016
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).