Below you will find information about recent and ongoing immunization related Board of Health rules and policy initiatives.
In February 2012, the Colorado Board of Health passed rule 6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 02, regarding influenza vaccination of employees in licensed healthcare facilities. The goal of this rule is to promote patient safety by protecting vulnerable patients from influenza. The rule is designed to encourage healthcare facilities, which are already appropriately implementing strategies to prevent influenza, to do so; to assist those that can improve; and to prompt others to adopt effective policies to prevent influenza.
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Summary of Board of Health Ruling
Official Board of Health Ruling
Click here to report healthcare worker influenza vaccination data through the Health Facilities portal. Please view the documents below for further instructions, including screenshots of the reporting systems. For questions about the rule or reporting data, contact customer service at 303.692.2836 or email@example.com.
In May 2013, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 222 to improve access to childhood immunizations by addressing challenges in delivery and financing. Signed by Governor Hickenlooper, the Act directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to take a comprehensive look at the current financing and delivery system and make recommendations for a more efficient and cost-effective approach.
Colorado state law requires that students enrolled in licensed childcare centers and schools have a certificate on file documenting the child is up-to-date on all required immunizations. Students can be exempted if a parent completes a one-time form that claims personal belief against immunizations. Students also can be exempted for medical or religious reasons.
Recently, a diverse stakeholder group was convened to study the state's personal belief exemption policy and make recommendations to update it. Key recommendations include requiring education for parents prior to claiming a personal belief exemption, publishing school and childcare center immunization and exemption rates, annual renewal of the personal belief exemption and requiring a medical provider or health official sign the exemption form.
The purpose of the Vaccine Advisory Committee for Colorado (VACC) is to provide guidance on vaccine-related matters to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, particularly the Immunization Section.
Vaccine Advisory Committee for Colorado 2014 Roster
Please contact Rachel Herlihy, Deputy Director, Division of Disease Control & Environmental Epidemiology at: 303-691-4079 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.