Each year our general members and policy committee strategize to develop board-approved policy priorities and positions. Additionally, in the fall of 2019, Immunize Colorado and other organizations committed to improving our state’s vaccination rates formed the Colorado Vaccinates coalition with the mission of advancing immunization policy in the 2020 state legislative session. Immunize Colorado will work with its Policy Committee members and other partners to advance vaccination policy in our state.
Disclaimer: While Immunize Colorado is a founding member of the Colorado Vaccinates coalition and is closely aligned with the mission of the coalition, the below policy priorities do not necessarily reflect those of all member organizations of Colorado Vaccinates.
Immunize Colorado’s 2020 policy priorities, as recommended by its Policy Committee, are as follows:
- Establish a healthy schools standard based on scientific evidence regarding community immunity protection for all schools – child care and K-12, public, charter and private – and increasing transparency of rates will empower schools, parents and communities to work together toward that clearly-stated healthy schools standard.
- Reduce administrative burdens and improve data accuracy by investing in our immunization data infrastructure to make it more efficient, effective and useful to parents, schools and health officials.
- Simplify, standardize exemptions and implement an equal effort standard to help ensure that vaccine exemptions are meaningful and in line with the efforts undergone by those who vaccinate.
- Ensure strong budget and capacity for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s immunization program to enable the delivery of evidence-based interventions across the state, to maintain the Colorado Immunization Information System and to be responsive to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Become an Immunize Colorado member to help set and guide our policy priorities and stay informed through our monthly Shot by Shot newsletter, email action alerts, and policy resources. To become a member of the Immunize Colorado Policy Committee and help guide our work in the 2020 legislative session and beyond, contact Stephanie Wasserman.