What are the Whooping Cough Rates and Deadlines for Urban School Districts in California?

On The California Report this morning, Ana Tintocalis reported on the state law that requires California’s Middle and high school students to be vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, in order to attend school.

Getting full compliance has been tough going. In San Francisco, for instance, roughly 14% of students are still not vaccinated or haven’t shown proof they’ve received the shot.

San Francisco and other districts that are keeping students home are losing thousands or in some cases millions of dollars because schools receive state funding based on attendance. So some districts are defying the law and allowing unvaccinated students on campus.

Listen to the report here:

And here’s the data on pertussis vaccination rates for the state’s large urban school districts, compiled by Ana Tintocalis:

Pertussis Vaccination Rates (7th – 12th Grade Students) in CA’S Large Urban School Districts, grouped by district deadlines

*all numbers are approximations

THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED San Francisco Unified Vaccination deadline: Sept. 15 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 24,000 Number still not vaccinated: 2,000

San Jose Unified Vaccination deadline: Sept. 15 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 14,600 Number still not vaccinated: 116

Elk Grove Unified Vaccination deadline: Sept. 13 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 28,200 Number still not vaccinated: 140

Los Angeles Unified (year round) Vaccination deadline for year-round schools: Aug. 1 Number of 7th to 12th grade year-round students: Approx. 1,890 Number still not vaccinated: 601

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

Oakland Unified Vaccination deadline: Oct. 29 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 13,000 Number of still need to be vaccinated: 1,900

Los Angeles Unified Vaccination deadline: Oct. 7 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 255,100 Number still need to be vaccinated: 209,570 (82%)

San Diego Unified Vaccination deadline: Oct. 6 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 66,000 Number still need to be vaccinated: 16,000

Long Beach Unified Vaccination deadline: Oct. 7 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 45,000

Number still need to be vaccinated: 4,500

Fresno Unified Vaccination deadline: Sept. 22 Number of 7th to 12th grade students: Approx. 32,000 Number still need to be vaccinated: 4,840

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