Back to School 2021: Here’s how to check your county’s vaccination rate

Are you a parent or student curious about vaccination rates as you prepare for back-to-school? There are tools to help track the rates in your county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks vaccination rates on a national, state and county level. The tracker updates by 8 p.m. Eastern time every night.

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To use the tracker, select your state and county for data specific to your area.

The table estimates the numbers and percentages for fully vaccinated people and people who have received at least one dose.

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The table further breaks the numbers down into total population, population aged 12 years and older, population aged 18 years and older, and population aged 65 years and older by count and percentage for one vaccine dose vs fully vaccinated.

Here is an example for Georgia’s largest county, Fulton County (data as of July 14, 2021).

Not every county in Georgia will be available to check through the CDC. Where there is no information to report, the jurisdiction will appear as “no data” on the map.

For counties unavailable on the CDC’s county tracker, there is also a tracker on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s interactive vaccine dashboard.

On the county level, the GDPH tracks the number and percentage of population who has at least one dose or fully vaccinated (per 100,000 residents).

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The dashboard does not have population ages broken down by county like the CDC tracker. It does provide statewide demographics based on sex, age, race and ethnicity.

COVID-19 vaccinations have changed how districts are approaching the 2021-2022 school year, including vaccine eligibility.

Vaccines are currently only approved for ages 12 and older. Several clinical trials for kids under the age of 12 are underway.

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According to the CDC’s guidelines for K-12 schools, masks are still recommended for use indoors for children 2 and older who are not vaccinated.

A few Georgia districts, like Clayton and DeKalb, are requiring all students and staff to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

Some are making masks optional for those who have been vaccinated unless they are riding school buses, which is part of the CDC guidelines. Other districts are making masks optional for everyone.

School plans could change as the year progresses with the Delta variant becoming the dominant strain in the United States.