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New data show vaccination rates by school

CPS student Jazlyn Salgado gets the COVID-19 vaccine
CPS student Jazlyn Salgado got the COVID-19 vaccine at Michele Clark High School, a Chicago public school, on August 12, 2021. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

New vaccination data, obtained through a public records request, is the first to capture school-level vaccination rates in elementary schools. Five- to 11-year-olds only became eligible for vaccinations in early November. The state data, which is provided to Chicago Public Schools twice a month and is matched with CPS enrollment information, captures vaccinations through Jan. 18.

Data highlights include:

  • About 23% of elementary school students in CPS are fully vaccinated. Another 10% of students have had a single shot.

  • Meanwhile, vaccination rates among Chicago public high school students have stayed virtually the same over the past few months. Currently, about 53% are fully vaccinated. Another 5% of students have received one shot. As of Dec. 10, about 51% of high school students were fully vaccinated, according to an analysis by Chalkbeat Chicago.

  • At elementary schools with majority Asian, white or diverse student bodies, an average of 44% of students are fully vaccinated. At majority Latino elementary schools, it is 24% and at majority Black elementary schools, it is 11%.

  • At high schools with majority Asian, white or diverse student bodies, an average of 75% of students are fully vaccinated. At majority Latino schools, it’s 61%. At majority Black schools the vaccination rate is 35%.

Read more: One in four CPS elementary students is vaccinated, with rates varying widely by school