Debate on changing Colorado’s vaccine exemption process stretches into the night
Moms and their children paced the halls of Colorado’s Capitol for hours on Monday as they waited to testify about whether the state should change the way it gives vaccine exemptions to parents who claim a personal or religious objection.
House Bill 1312 would require parents to visit Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment in person the first time they request an exemption and fill out a standardized form instead of giving a written notice of exemption to a school upon registration.
There were nearly 600 people signed up to speak at the hearing, with the majority opposing the bill in the first few hours of Monday’s debate.
Supporters say it’s a small step toward increasing Colorado’s kindergarten 88.7 percent vaccination rate — the lowest in the country. Opponents, however, believe the bill violates their privacy and harasses parents who chose not to vaccinate.
Source: The Denver Post