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Exemptions from Immunization

It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to have his or her child immunized unless the child is exempted. A student may be exempted from receiving the required immunizations in the following manner:

Personal belief exemption

By submitting to the student’s school a Certificate of Immunization with the statement of personal exemption signed by the parent(s) or the emancipated student indicating that the parent(s) or emancipated student has a personal belief that is opposed to immunizations.

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Parents of children enrolled in schools

Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S)

C.R.S. 22-32-140, C.R.S. 25-4-903 & C.R.S. 25-4-902 Requires parents to:

  • receive blank certificates of immunization forms from their school for completion;
  • submit to their school completed up-to-date certificates of immunization; and/or
  • submit to their school exemption statements that:
    • the student adheres to a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to immunization; or
    • the student adheres to a personal belief that is opposed to immunizations; or
    • from a licensed physician/advanced practice nurse certifying that one or more of the specified immunizations would endanger the student’s life or health and is contraindicated;
  • submit to the school a written plan to catch up on immunizations, if the certificate of immunization is not up-to-date (if no exemption)

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and/or Board of Health

C.R.S. 25-4-902, C.R.S. 25-4-2403 & C.R.S. 25-4-906 Requires CDPHE to annually update the certificate of immunization form and distribute it to schools, private physicians, and county, district, and municipal public health agencies This certificate must include and not be limited to the following:

  • Provide a list required vaccines for school enrollment with age requirements;
  • Provide a list of CDC recommended vaccines with age requirements;
  • Inform parents of their exemption rights;
  • Inform parents of their right to opt-out of Colorado’s Immunization Information System (CIIS – vaccine registry) and provide an unburdensome and readily available means of opting-out.

C.R.S. 25-4-903 Requires CDPHE rule-making on:

  • frequency determination of exemption form submission; and
  • the creation of on-line learning module; and
  • immunization information, including exemption rates, that is available to the public through the department, including evidence-based research, resources and information from credible scientific and public health organization, peer-reviewed studies.

C.R.S. 25-4-906 states that CDPHE may examine, audit and verify the records of immunization maintained by each school.

C.R.S. 25-4-910 states that CDPHE must develop a joint policy on immunization data collection and sharing in consultation with other state departments (CDE) and assist schools with analysis and interpretation of this data.

Colorado Department of Education & Schools

C.R.S. 22-32-140 Requires each school district board of education to:

  • annually distribute the certificate of immunization developed by CDPHE to parents of enrolled students;
  • do more than post a copy of the certificate of immunization document on school websites or central locations in the school – i.e. hard copies must be given to parents.

C.R.S. 25-4-906 & C.R.S. 25-4-903 Requires schools to:

  • assure that all information distributed to parents by school districts regarding immunization shall inform parents of their exemption rights;
  • maintain an up-to-date certificate of immunization for every student enrolled; and/or
  • maintain up-to-date exemption statements submitted to schools by parents and certified exemption forms submitted to schools by physicians; and
  • notify parents of outdated certificates of immunization and the need for a plan of action to correct within 14 days of notification. If the plan to become up-to-date is not completed or no plan is received by the school, the student will be suspended or expelled (assumes absence of exemption statements);
  • make immunization and exemption rates of their student population available upon request; and
  • requires schools to return the certificate of immunization to parents or student of eighteen years of age when the student withdraws, transfers is promoted or otherwise leaves the school or the school shall transfer the certificate to the new school.

C.R.S. 25-4-910 states that CDPHE must develop a joint policy on immunization data collection and sharing in consultation with other state departments (CDE) and assist schools with analysis and interpretation of this data.