Vaccine exemptions

 
Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless a medical or non-medical exemption is filed. Beginning July 1, 2016, non-medical exemptions must be submitted more often. (Colorado Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2). You must file an exemption for each school or child care the student attends. For the safety of 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 medical exemptions signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician's assistant need to submit this form only once unless the student’s information or school changes.
  • Medical exemptions can be claimed by submitting a form to us for inclusion in the Colorado Immunization Information System (immunization registry) or by submitting the form directly to your child’s school or child care. Check with your child's school or child care to determine whether it requires a paper copy of the exemption form.
  • Exemptions submitted for inclusion in the immunization registry are confidential. See CIIS Privacy and Confidentiality.
 
Medical exemption form

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Non-medical (personal belief or religious) exemptions
  • Students in grades K-12 claiming a non-medical exemption must submit one annually. These exemptions expire June 30 each year.
  • Parents of students in preschool or child care must submit non-medical 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.
  • There are multiple options for submitting a non-medical exemption.
    • Submit the online non-medical exemption form (below) to us for inclusion in the immunization registry. Check with your student's school or child care to determine if it requires a paper copy of the exemption form.
    • Submit our downloadable form (see below) directly to your student’s school or child care.
    • Submit our downloadable form directly to us (see below).
    • Submit a statement of exemption directly to 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 submitted, the vaccines declined, and which type of non-medical exemption is being taken (personal belief or religious).
  • Exemptions submitted for inclusion in the immunization registry are confidential. See CIIS Privacy and Confidentiality.
 
 
Downloadable non-medical exemption form
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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
 
 
 
 
Our education module includes information for parents and families about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. If you cannot open the education module, download the PDF.