While Denver’s vaccination mandate for people working in high-risk settings and for city employees has been lifted, some people are still required to be vaccinated per State or Federal regulations, or by company policy.
The State of Colorado requires all state employees, contractors and vendors to report their vaccination status in the state-provided tracking system as either fully vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. For employees who’ve decided not to get vaccinated or reveal their status, they must undergo biweekly COVID-19 testing, under state rules.
The Colorado Board of Health first approved an emergency rule requiring vaccination for health care personnel on Aug. 30, 2021. On Dec. 15, 2021, the Board extended the emergency rule for 120 days (April 14, 2022). The rule affects all licensed health care entities. It requires them to mandate personnel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes employees, direct contractors, and support staff who interact with people receiving or seeking medical care. The rule allows for both medical and religious exemptions for personnel who are unable to be vaccinated.
Some federal employees and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are fully vaccinated.