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Thousands of Colorado healthcare workers exempt from COVID-19 vaccine mandate


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released new data to 13 Investigates showing an estimate on how many healthcare workers in Colorado are vaccinated against COVID-19.

A state emergency rule mandates all Colorado healthcare workers be fully vaccinated by October 31. The state board of health did not make any changes to its emergency rule on Thursday. Colorado health leaders said they are awaiting federal guidance on vaccine requirements for the federally regulated facilities and to finalize the state healthcare worker vaccine mandate.

Of the available data on nursing facilities:

  • Statewide, 202 nursing facilities report 89.3% of employees are full vaccinated against COVID
  • Statewide, 253 nursing facility employees were granted medical exemption from the vaccine
  • Statewide, 1,047 were granted a religious exemption from the vaccine

Of the available data on Colorado hospitals:

  • 92% of 168,055 Colorado hospital employees are fully vaccinated
  • 5,609 hospital employees were granted a religious exemption vaccine
  • 1,388 were granted a medical exemption from the vaccine

However, data provided by the CDPHE shows there are currently 24 nursing facilities and 9 hospitals in Colorado that haven't reported vaccination rates as of Thursday.

A public notice showed that dozens of nursing facilities in Southern Colorado did not report vaccine data as of October 13. However, it's unclear how many of those facilities comply with the vaccine reporting requirement now.

CDPHE said it is issuing citations to those who failed to report the data as required.

"All licensed healthcare facilities are required to have their staff that comes in contact with those receiving healthcare in Colorado vaccinated. Facilities are also required to report their staff vaccination data to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This reporting allows those seeking healthcare to make informed choices about the healthcare facilities they visit," a spokesperson said.

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.



  1. “5,609 hospital employees were granted a religious exemption vaccine”
    I’ve never heard of that vaccine. I bet it’s not effective at all . . . 🙄

    1. Good catch! I missed that wording error the first time reading the article. Based on the comment below, looks like rr missed the school days when English sentence structure and reading comprehension were taught.

  2. Now I finally know Check…ever hearing but never understanding. Oh…and you will in due time understand its effectiveness! You absolutely have no understanding of the truth whatsoever. Now this make it so much easier to respond to you.

  3. Does this remind any of you of a certain poster? Just sayin…there are a few clues!

    Instead of facing reality, the delusional person would rather live in their world of make-believe. But in order to keep faking reality, they’ll have to make sure that everyone else around them also pretends to live in their imaginary world.

    In simpler words, the delusional person rejects reality. And in this rejection of reality, others have to play along with how they view the world, otherwise, their world will not make sense to them. It’s why the delusional person will get angry when they face someone who doesn’t conform to their world view

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