Reminder Regarding New Process for Immunization Exemption This Year

State law requires all students attending Colorado schools to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless they have a medical or non-medical exemption on file. Information on required vaccines, exemptions and rules are available on the BVSD Health Services website: www.bvsd.org/departments/health-services 

NEW VACCINE EXEMPTION DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS- Effective for 21/22 school year

 Under new Colorado law, SB20-163, a student may be exempted from immunizations if they submit a signed medical exemption or complete one of two options for a non-medical exemption. Note, SB20-163 changes the requirements for non-medical exemptions. Information with these updates is available here: cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions

Medical exemption:

Parents and caregivers claiming a medical exemption from vaccination for their child must have a completed certificate of medical exemption with the signature of a healthcare provider. Medical exemptions only need to be submitted once, unless the student’s information or school district changes.

Non-Medical exemption:

If a parent or caregiver chooses not to have their child vaccinated, they may claim a nonmedical exemption in one of two ways:

  • Submit the official Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption with the signature of an immunizing provider (such as a medical doctor, advanced practice nurse, pharmacist, etc.) OR
  • Submit the official Certificate of Non-medical Exemption received upon completion of CDPHE’s Online Immunization Education Module. The module can be found here : cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions

Note:  Non-medical exemptions expire June 30th of each year and must be submitted annually. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact School Nurse Consultant Johanna Heart at (720) 561-878 or johanna.heart@bvsd.org

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