The percentages of kindergarten and seventh-grade children who have religious exemptions from vaccination requirements have reached all-time highs after steadily increasing over the past decade.
A Florida Department of Health report on immunizations for the 2019-2020 academic year shows the rates of kindergarten and seventh-grade students statewide with religious exemptions from vaccinations are 3 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Both rates are at all-time highs.Florida’s goal for the 2019-2020 academic year was for 95 percent of students to be vaccinated. The state exceeded that goal for seventh-grade students, with a 96.1 percent immunization rate but fell short when it came to kindergarten students, with a 93.5 percent immunization rate.
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