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Colorado Vaccine Bill Will Restrict Personal Belief Exemption - Take Action Now!

By Theresa Wrangham
Published February 25, 2014 in Government

As a resident of Colorado if you want to protect your right to take a personal belief exemption to vaccination for your child to attend daycare or school without suffering harassment from the state, you need to contact your state representative and senator today and make your voice heard on HB 1288. You also need to attend a public hearing in the Colorado House of Representatives House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on Thursday, March 13th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 0107 of the State Capitol.


Colorado House Bill 1288 (HB 1288) was introduced into the state House of Representatives by Representative Dan Pabon (D-District 4) on Feb. 20, 2014.  Co-sponsoring the bill are Representatives Lois Court (D-District 6); Bob Gardner (R-District 4); Cheri Gerou (R-District 25): Jeanne Labuda (D-District 1); Elizabeth McCann (D-District 8); Frank McNulty (R-District 43); Cherilyn Peniston (D-District-35); Sue Schafer (D-District-24) and Senators Lucia Guzman (D-District-34); Nancy Todd (D-District-28) and Jessie Ulibarri (D-District-21).
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The bill will make it harder for parents to file and obtain a personal belief exemption to vaccination for their children to attend daycare or school. The bill will also require all daycare centers and schools to publicly release the percentage of children at the daycare center or school with personal belief vaccine exemptions.

If HB 1288 passes, it will legally require parents choosing to delay or exempt their child from one or more of the vaccines required for school for personal belief reasons to first: 

  • Submit a "certificate of completion" to the school or daycare that the parent has completed an online vaccine education module developed by state health officials; OR
  • Obtain a signature from a physician or other state-approved vaccine provider or an authorized representative of the state health department certifying that the parent has received state-approved vaccine education. 

The bill gives authority to state health department officials to determine the content of the information and how often parents will have to submit to the new requirements. 

This proposed legislation is based on recommendations made from a report issued in December 2013 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) following a vaccine stakeholder public engagement project heavily stacked with members advocating for the exemption process to be made more difficult for parents.[1]


The first public hearing in the Colorado legislature on HB 1288 is scheduled for Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm in room 0107 of the State Capitol. If you want to attend and sign in to give a short oral statement of your opposition to this bill, please see the action alert for HB 1288 on http://NVICAdvocacy.org



NVIC opposes HB 1288 because: 
  • The legislation singles out and discriminates against a minority of parents with sincerely held personal beliefs about vaccination by assuming they are uneducated and should be forced into a state approved “education” program;
  • Under the guise of education, HB 1288 makes it legal for the state to brand a minority of citizens as intellectually or morally inferior and serves to harass and coerce citizens making health care decisions for their minor children. This violates the informed consent ethic and is a violation of human and civil rights by the state.
  • The legislation threatens the medical privacy of students by requiring that daycare centers and schools publicly release information about the percentage of children who have filed personal belief vaccine exemptions. This increases the potential for state sanctioned harassment and discrimination against these students and their families.


HB1288 falsely assumes that parents taking personal belief exemptions are not educated when published scientific surveys and studies have consistently demonstrated that parents exercising the personal belief exemption for their children are highly educated.[2] [3]

While parents targeted by this bill are being portrayed as being ignorant, thoughtless and selfish, research published after the 2013 vaccine stakeholder public engagement project conducted in Colorado confirms that parents delaying or declining one or more vaccines for their children are twice as likely to proactively begin vaccine decision-making deliberations before their child is born. Parents exercising the personal belief vaccine exemption are also intellectually re-evaluating their decisions eight times more often than parents who give their children every federally recommended vaccine according to the recommended schedule.[4]

In addition, surveillance data in Colorado indicates it is unlikely that a decrease in personal belief vaccine exemptions will affect infectious disease incidence in Colorado, including not having a significant impact on pertussis incidence.


Colorado HB1288 and others bills like it threaten the legal right of Americans to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking and make voluntary health care decisions for themselves and their children free from government intrusion and coercion. The legislation unjustly creates a vehicle for state-sanctioned harassment of and discrimination against a minority of citizens with values and personal beliefs differing from those held by public health officials and medical trade groups associated with pharmaceutical corporations.

Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks of injury or death and some individuals with environmental, genetic and biological risk factors are more susceptible to harm from vaccination. It is a fact that no public health official or doctor can predict who will be harmed by a vaccine or an infectious disease because known risks have not been fully quantified and there are other unknown risk factors that have not yet been identified by medical science. [5]


Although Colorado is the fourth most-improved state for a decline in vaccine exemption rates, [6]  surveillance data from Colorado’s last pertussis epidemic in 2005 shows that pertussis containing vaccines (DtaP, Tdap) are failing to control the disease among Colorado’s children.

Many gaps exist in Colorado’s disease and vaccine uptake surveillance data but, where vaccination status is available, it reveals that higher pertussis incidence cannot be assumed to be due to children with personal belief vaccine exemptions.

In fact, a recently published study on the impact of non-medical vaccine exemptions on state infectious disease incidence found that these exemptions had little to no impact on disease incidence. [7]

Just prior to the Colorado vaccine stakeholder public engagement project, NVIC asked a number of questions of the CDPHE regarding disease incidence in the state. Their response to NVIC’s request for data on the impact of personal belief exemptions on disease incidence was that it was “unavailable.”

NVIC has asked for clarification from CDPHE because we want to know: Is the data on the impact of personal belief exemptions on disease incidence in Colorado “unavailable” or is it UNKNOWN? At the time of publication of this NVIC Newsletter, we are still waiting for a response.


Colorado does not have a public health crisis necessitating a vaccine exemption statute change. While pertussis outbreaks are being used as a hammer to stampede the legislature into passing HB 1288, the CDC has acknowledged that the unvaccinated are not to blame for recent outbreaks,[8] as evidenced by Colorado’s own surveillance data. In addition to exemptions declining in Colorado, the state is also has increased vaccination coverage for all vaccines for children aged 19-35 months old.[9]


NVIC’s Advocacy Portal has issued an ACTION ALERT for Coloradoans to take action to protect the basic human right to make health care decisions free from discrimination, coercion and sanctions by the state.  Every voice counts – your legislators need to hear from you and your friends and family NOW asking them to VOTE NO on HB 1288 or your legislators will assume all their constituents – including you - want them to vote FOR the bill.

Your action is needed to protect the precautionary “first, do no harm” and informed consent principles in all of Colorado’s vaccine policies and laws. When you become a registered user of the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal, you are provided with talking points and are immediately able to connect with your own legislators on your smart phone, tablet or computer.

If you haven’t already, please sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal today (and ask your family and friends to sign up, too) so you can stay up to date on what is happening with HB 1288 and other vaccine bills in your state that affect you and your family. Stand up for your informed consent and parental rights before they are taken away or severely restricted.

It’s your health, your family, your choice.


[2] Smith PJ, Chu SY, Barker LE.  Children who have received no vaccines: who are they and where do they live? Pediatrics. 2004;114(1):187-195.
[4] A mixed methods study of parental vaccine decision making and parent-provider trust. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Sep-Oct;13(5):481-8. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2013.05.030.
[5] U.S. HHS-NVPO  National Vaccine Advisory Committee White Paper on the United States Vaccine Safety System, IOM Causality Assessments, September 2011, pgs 17 and 43.
[7] Yang YT and Debold V.  A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effect of Nonmedical Exemption Law and Vaccine Uptake on Vaccine-Targeted Disease Rates. American Journal of Public Health February 2014;104(2): 371-377.
[8] U.S. HHS-NVPO National Vaccine Advisory Committee Certified Minutes,  CDC Pertussis Epidemiology Update – Thomas Clark, MD MPH, pg 8, Feb 2013
[9] CDC Website. U.S. National Immunization Survey - Vaccination Coverage Among Children 19-35 Months By State

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18 Responses to "Colorado Vaccine Bill Will Restrict Personal Belief Exemption - Take Action Now!"
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/27/2014 7:27:26 AM
Isn't this a clear violation of religious freedom?
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Brigit Haucke
Posted: 2/27/2014 7:37:50 AM
My two daughters ages 31 and 29 were both vaccinated and if I had it to do all over, they would not have been. It is up to every parent to make a decision for their child, not our government. The government needs to stay out of this. People have been vaccinated for polio, as recent as the last couple of years and they are getting polio like symptoms, pertussin vaccine has proven not to work, the list goes on. It is time, we all take a stand and stop our government from shoving these rules, laws, dictatorship like governing down our throats and do something. Take a stand and speak up.
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/27/2014 9:29:39 AM
This is not okay with our family. If they take away our ability to CHOSE for our own children, we'll move. We moved here for the vaccine freedom from another state. My daughter got JRA from her MMR shot and as such will never be vaccinated again, nor will my other children. I earned that right to decide because *I* am the mother. This is a travesty of freedom. Please note that everyone supporting this bill is a Democrat - why is that? Why do they shout about tolerance and freedom and then try to pull the rug out from families with their underhanded methods of coercion? Will these comments be given to representatives? Or do we need to further contact them as well? My family - My choice. Mother of two vaccine injured children and a vaccine injured military husband.
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Sharon Blake
Posted: 2/27/2014 9:54:50 AM
I have 11 children and 65 grandchildren plus many greatgrandchildren. I have been thru the mill with the doctors and their nasty attitude when it comes to saying NO to the vaccines. What stops them in their tracks is that I demand they draw up papers stating they will be personally responsible for any reaction the child may have from the shot. They howel but they back down. I hope this may help some of the mothers with their doctors demands.
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/27/2014 10:23:23 AM
This is so wrong on every count! I am sick that the real agenda, "socialized everything" is being revealed. This has been brewing for a long time. I will never give up speaking against this and FOR our freedom. God save America.
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Becky Dawson
Posted: 2/27/2014 10:39:15 AM
I have two children and one was injured severely by vaccinations early on. The other did not receive vaccinations and is fine. I am wondering if our state representatives are willing to personally hold the responsibility in their hands for those children injured by vaccinations. I find it very interesting that legislators and doctors demand these vaccinations, but they are not the ones who have to live with the consequences, listen to the screaming child all night with seizures, pay for education or homeschool because the child cannot function in a public school classroom (severe sensory) and pay the enormous medical bills. Vaccinations can ruin a life and lives. It can ultimately lead a family into poverty as there must be a primary caregiver, and thus cannot assist the family by working. Please step outside of your legislation and stop for a few moments to think about why on earth there needs to be this sort of control. Step further to think about what your signature can do to a life! Doctors are becoming more afraid to sign a form for a child because of the regulations that are coming into play so please do not pass this bill in CO.
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Angela Jenkins
Posted: 2/27/2014 1:33:39 PM
I am a Kansan and intend to become active in this travesty. I have a vaccine injured son and grandson. I recently lost my nursing job after a 38 year career, due to my refusal of the flu shot. I suggest everyone become actively involved in following the money and bringing the light of the truth to this agenda. I did find that my employer stands to lose 2% of federal funding if they do not meet the compliance of the mandate that employees be vaccinated. "Nurses and doctors endanger their patients", yet there are no masks at the entrances for multiple family members who accompany patients, nor is their mandated proofs of vaccination. How is it that I as a nurse become a danger to society with less rights than patients, who have the right to refuse any medical treatment? It is time to contact legislators and support these researchers that know the truth.
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Carolyn Russo
Posted: 2/27/2014 3:31:01 PM
My daughter is 18, has never been vaccinated for anything. We have claimed a religious exemption throughout. At the university she started attending this year, there was recently an outbreak of mumps. My daughter immediately started on some preventive measures, increasing her Vit D, some immune boosting herbs etc., (IN ALL THE CASES OF MUMPS REPORTED - THEY HAD ALL BEEN PREVIOUSLY VACCINATED!!) Imagine my surprise when campus health dept called her and told her she had to stay out of class and had to leave campus because she was not immunized. She stood her ground...never left - continued her classes and NEVER got the mumps!
Commenter Name
Posted: 2/27/2014 3:36:12 PM
I like that Idea.. If they make us vaccinate our children they should be held responsible for the negative consequences from them.
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Cindy B
Posted: 2/27/2014 7:15:25 PM
If you chose not to vaccinate your children, you should not expect the government to take care of them if they do get sick or afflicted in any way from any diseases!
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/1/2014 1:55:36 PM
Nothing like an invasion of privacy, although not directly. Nothing like making the use of coercion and fear legal. Just another sign that our leaders are not in this for us, the people, but are in it for someone/something other than the people. wonder how much they are/will make from passing laws like this?
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/1/2014 4:47:23 PM
Just another way to keep the sheeple under control. I am a HCW and do not believe that mandatory vaccinations accomplish anything other than making people miserable. I think we have God-given inalienable rights and whether we or our children get stuck or not is one of them.
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/2/2014 8:12:51 AM
Their are two types of exemptions, one is religious the other personal.
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/2/2014 2:33:21 PM
Do not pass this bill. We all have rights
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/2/2014 5:28:28 PM
If you make parents attend courses for being against vaccinations, you should also make parents who do not feed their children correct nutrition attend courses. You should also mandate the number of baths children take per week in order to come to school and if parents don't comply they should have to attend mandatory classes. You should also set a time for bed for which everyone should comply to go to school and if those parents don't agree, they should attend a class and be educated by doctors on the importance of an early bedtime. We moved to Colorado for the personal exemption status and as a former early childhood educator, I am fully prepared to take my children out of school and not use any of their services before I take any of their classes. I have been reading about vaccinations before my child was born. I have read all studies and pros and cons. As a vaccine injured person myself (Rhogam shot after pregnancy), I wouldn't wish the stuff I've suffered on a death row prisoner. Do they actually think we are going to listen to their stuff from an online course? I've already listened to my doctor and politely declined. I have both religious and personal reasons for not vaccinating, guess I should check the religious box next time. My child is ready to enter kindergarten, but it looks as though we may become a homeschool family.
Commenter Name
Posted: 3/5/2014 11:58:06 PM
I have been in contact with both state House Rep and Senator. Representative for District 30 Jenise May, is supporting HB 1288 and Senator for district 25, Mary Hodge stated she supports my position of opposition. If anyone viewing these messages is from Colorado, please reach out to your representative and let them know how you feel. This is a very important issue that must be addressed by the constituents of the state. Let your voice and opinion be heard.
Commenter Name
Posted: 4/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
Obviously, the Nuremberg Trials mean nothing. One of the outcomes of those trials was the Nuremberg Code which stated that "The voluntary consent of the human participant is absolutely essential." Those who draw parallels between this country and Nazi Germany are spot on and those who don't see this are in for a rude awakening. This Code does not carry the force of law, however (of course, as sovereign human beings we already have this right) and so the evil filth who want to harm everyone can do as they please.
Commenter Name
Posted: 6/25/2014 9:40:39 AM
To the person who was vaccine injured from Rhogam, can you PLEASE explain in more depth? As a mama faced with the Rhogam decision herself, it would be really helpful to know other people's negative experiences. Rhogam is taken even by those who refuse other vaccinations and is said to be very safe. Thanks to anyone who can respond.

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