Friday, May 31, 2013


In February 2012, the Colorado Board of Health (BOH) passed rule 6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 02 regarding influenza vaccination of its employees in licensed healthcare facilities. This rule applies to all healthcare facilities licensed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). There are two requirements of this rule:

1. All licensed healthcare facilities must keep track of the number of its employees that are vaccinated against influenza and annually report that number to CDPHE either through the Health Facilities Division (HFD) Portal or the National Healthcare Safety Network by March 31st of each year.

2. If certain vaccination targets are not met, a facility is required to implement a policy based on its facility type.

- If a facility is classified as a general hospital, hospital unit, ambulatory surgical center, or long-term care facility, the facility will need to implement an influenza vaccination policy for its healthcare workers to ensure that each worker has been vaccinated or has a medical exemption documented. Workers without proof of vaccination or a medical exemption must wear a surgical/procedure mask through the entire influenza season.

- If a facility is classified as an assisted living residence, community clinic, community mental health center, facility for persons with developmental disabilities, hospice, dialysis treatment clinic, home care agency, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, convalescent center, or acute treatment unit, the facility will need to conduct an assessment of its workforce, residents/patients, and influenza vaccination policies and develop an influenza vaccination policy regarding the vaccination or masking of employees based on that assessment.

For general information about the Board of Health Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Rule requirements, you may call 303-692-2836 or email . An updated toolkit will be available on the HFD Portal later this summer to answer any questions or assist your facility with this rule.