SB 17-250 (Marble & Neville/Lebsock & Neville) Student Exemption from Immunization Requirements
The bill allows licensed physicians, physician assistants, or advanced practice nurses or a parents, guardians, or students 18 years of age or older to sign an immunization exemption letter without the use of the required specified form and with no expectations for what is included in the letter.
The Children’s Campaign opposes this bill as we are concerned about the potential that, in the event of an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases, we will lack the necessary public health information to notify communities, schools, and child care settings of their vulnerability. The current form allows some clarity over which communities have “herd immunity” (with enough children vaccinated to resist an outbreak) and which ones do not. Moving away from a common form or lacking detail in the associated exemption letters will put children, and particularly medically fragile ones, at-risk in the event of an outbreak without the ability to notify those communities of their risk.
The bill died in the Senate during second reading.