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.
- Students with a complete certificate of medical exemption (signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician's assistant) need to file this certificate only once unless the student’s information or school changes.
- You can file a certificate of medical exemption with us to include in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Check with your child's school or child care to find out whether it needs a paper copy of the certificate of medical exemption. Or, you can file the certificate with your child’s school or child care.
- Per Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-2403(2.5), immunizing providers must submit medical exemption data to CIIS.
Certificate of Medical exemption
For the 2020-2021 school year:
For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, you may follow the guidance below:
- File the online nonmedical exemption form (below) with us to include in CIIS. Check with your student's school or child care to find out if it needs a paper copy of the exemption form.
- File our downloadable form with us (see below) to include in CIIS. Check with your student’s school or child care to find out if it needs a paper copy of the exemption form.
- File our downloadable form (see below) with your student’s school or child care.
- File a statement of exemption with your student's school or child care. This statement should include: the student's full name, age or date of birth, date the exemption was filed, 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.
Downloadable nonmedical exemption form:
For the 2021-2022 school year:
Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the process of filing a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to file a nonmedical exemption. Be sure to check with your student’s school or child care to find out if it needs a copy of the certificate of nonmedical exemption.
- File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR
- File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.
- Parents of students in grades K-12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must file one annually. Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.
- Parents of students in preschool or child care must file 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.
Downloadable certificate of nonmedical exemption:
- The online education module is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
- At the completion of the module, you will be able to complete a 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: Nonmedical exemptions expire each year on June 30. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.
Downloadable Immunization Education Module Transcripts
To submit forms to us (optional):
Attn: Vaccine Exemption
Colorado Immunization Branch
Attn: Vaccine Exemption
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246