Vaccine exemptions

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 requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless they have a certificate of medical or nonmedical exemption on file. You must file a certificate of exemption at each school, or child care the student attends. To protect unvaccinated children, students with an exemption from one or more required vaccines may be kept out of a school or child care during a disease outbreak.

Medical exemptions

  • Students with a completed Certificate of medical exemption (signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician's assistant) need to submit this Certificate only once unless the student’s information or school changes.
  • You can submit a Certificate of medical exemption with CDPHE to include in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Check with your student’s school, child care or college/university to find out if they want the printed copy of the Certificate of medical exemption or, if they can access the “submitted” document from CIIS.
  • Per Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-2403(2.5), immunizing providers must submit medical exemption data to CIIS.


Certificate of Medical exemption
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    Nonmedical exemptions

      For the 2020-2021 school year:

    For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year which ends June 30th 2021, follow the guidance below:
    • Submit the online nonmedical exemption form (link below) with CDPHE to include in CIIS or check with your student's school, child care or college/university to find out if they want you to submit a printed copy of the exemption form.
    • Submit the downloadable form with CDPHE (see below) to include in CIIS. Check with your student’s school, child care or college/university to find out if they want you to submit a printed copy of the exemption form.
    • Submit the downloadable form (see below) to your student’s school, child care or college/university. 
    • Submit a “statement of exemption” with your student's school, child care or college/university. The statement should include: the student's full name, age or date of birth, date the exemption is submitted, the immunizations declined, and which type of non-medical exemption is being taken (personal belief or religious).
    • Per Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-2403(2.5), immunizing providers must submit nonmedical exemption data to CIIS.

    Online nonmedical exemption form

    Downloadable nonmedical exemption form:

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        For the 2021-2022 school year:

      Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year (7/1/2021), the process of submitting a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to submit a nonmedical exemption. 

      Be sure to check with your student’s school, child care or college/university to find out if they need a printed copy of the Certificate of nonmedical exemption or if you submit to CIIS, the school is able to access the Certificate of nonmedical exemption from CIIS.

      • Submit the Certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider who is a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician’s assistant  OR
      • Submit the Certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of CDPHE’s Online Immunization Education Module.
      • Parents of students in preschool or child care must submit nonmedical exemptions at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. These exemptions expire when the next vaccines are due or when the child enrolls in kindergarten.
      • Parents of students in grades K-12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must submit one annually. Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30th each year. If you submit a Certificate of nonmedical exemption on or before June 30th, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you submit the exemption during early registration.
      • Students in college/university claiming a nonmedical exemption must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption upon enrollment.
      Downloadable Certificate of  Nonmedical Exemption:

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        Online Immunization Education Module

      • In order to successfully move through this Online Module and obtain the Certificate, you must review the Technical Guidance and Troubleshooting Document”  

      • The Online Immunization Education Module is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It can take approximately 20 minutes to complete. 
      • At the completion of the module, you will be able to complete an electronic form to obtain a Certificate of nonmedical exemption. You can complete this form for more than one child without having to retake the course.
      • IMPORTANT: Certificates of Nonmedical Exemption expire each year on June 30th. If you submit a Certificate of nonmedical exemption on or before June 30th, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you submit the Certificate during early registration.
      Downloadable Immunization Education Module Transcripts

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      To submit forms to us (optional):
      Confidential Fax:
      (303) 758-3640
      Attn: Vaccine Exemption

      Mail:

      Colorado Immunization Branch
      Attn: Vaccine Exemption
      4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
      Denver, CO 80246