House Bill 1164 passed the bill committee 7-6. Parents fear it’s a step towards tracking down those who opt out.
DENVER (CBS4)– A bill introduced in the state House would require the reporting of non-vaccinated students to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Currently those records are kept with the school.
“What this bill is not about is requiring more students to get vaccinations. It’s about who will keep charge of the records,” said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Democrat representing Denver.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Related News: Doubtful the bill will make it to the governor’s desk. Republicans consider the bill a privacy invasion of parents who might not want the state tracking their personal religious beliefs. [/pullquote]
A hearing at the state Capitol on Thursday was packed with parents who oppose the bill.
Christine Carter has four children and has had them vaccinated. “I have the freedom to report what I’m going to do with my children or not,” said Carter. “I don’t think it’s the government’s business.”
The proposal opened an emotional debate about Colorado’s low vaccination rates. Colorado is one of 20 states that allow parents to claim any kind of personal opposition to required immunizations, and vaccine rates for some diseases are among the nation’s lowest.
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