School-required vaccines

COVID Vaccine Update

With the recent announcements by several colleges and universities to require COVID vaccination for the 2021 fall semester, the department is in the process of determining how to support implementation of these school-initiated vaccine requirements.


Colorado law (Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2) requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases, unless an exemption is filed. The minimum number and spacing of doses is set forth in the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules. Meeting the initial vaccine requirements does not excuse a student from meeting additional requirements. In addition to the vaccines required for school entry, there are several vaccines recommended by the ACIP that provide protection against other diseases. These include Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, Rotavirus, Human papillomavirus and Influenza.

Below are the vaccines required for students attending Colorado licensed child cares and schools. More information is available here: Child Care | School.

Vaccines required to enter child care

  • Hepatitis B.

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTap).

  • Haemophilus influenzatype b (Hib).

  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).

  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) or polysaccharide(PPSV23).

  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).

  • Varicella (chicken pox).

Vaccines required to enter school (K-12)

  • Hepatitis B.

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTap).*

  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).*

  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR).*

  • Varicella (chicken pox).*

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap).**

*Students 4 through 6 years of age are required to have their final doses of DTaP, IPV,MMR and Varicella prior to kindergarten entry.

**Students are required to have Tdap prior to entry into 6th grade. One dose of Tdap is required for 6th through 12th grades.

College/university students

All students attending an institute of higher learning provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella diseases.

New college and university students living in student housing must review and sign the Meningococcal Disease Information Sheet.