Deep Dive: Low teen vaccination rates seen in southern parts of state as schools set to reopen
A recent poll found that 62% of parents would feel safer if school districts had high vaccination rates.
In this week’s Deep Dive, News 12 and Investopedia take a look at how New Jersey is doing with vaccinating students.
Kristie Reeter and Caleb Silver look at the vaccination trends in New Jersey.
Investopedia’s Silver says New Jersey is lagging behind the rest of the tri-state in terms of vaccinating their younger population, which will be an issue as school approaches.
The northern part of the state has the highest vaccination rates with Hudson County leading the way at 53% of 12 to 18-year-olds being vaccinated.
In Monmouth County, only around 31% of that age group is vaccinated.
This could create a rise in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the state as Bergen County is seeing the lowest number of infections with 63.8% of its total population vaccination.
Meanwhile, Monmouth County has a high number of COVID-19 cases with 55.2% of its total population vaccinated.
New Jersey will be requiring all state employees and teachers be vaccinated by October or be regularly tested.
High case rates in some areas could lead to possible school closures.