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Vaccination Policies

MMR Vaccine Requirement 

All students in Colorado attending an institute of higher learning are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella disease if they were born on or after January 1, 1957. Students can meet this requirement in three different ways:

  • Submit immunization records showing they’ve received two doses of the MMR vaccine to the Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu 
  • Submit a medical exemption
  • Submit a nonmedical exemption

Medical Exemptions

Students with a completed Certificate of Medical Exemption (signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician’s assistant) can submit this certificate to the Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu.

Non-Medical Exemptions

There are two ways to submit a nonmedical exemption:

  1. Submit the Immunization Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to the Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu. This certificate must have a signature from an immunizing provider in Colorado who is a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse or delegated physician’s assistant.

OR

  1. Complete the Online Immunization Education Module. The Online Immunization Education Module is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It can take up to approximately 20 minutes to complete. Upon completing the module, students will be able to complete an electronic form to obtain a certificate of nonmedical exemption. Students will need to print and submit this certificate to Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu to meet the MMR requirement.

Additional information about medical and nonmedical exemptions, along with forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Russian, and Somali can be found at: https://cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions


Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement

Incoming freshmen residing in student housing are required to complete and return a standard certificate of immunization. Students residing in student housing who have not received a meningococcal vaccine in the last 5 years shall review the information on meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccine. If the student, or student’s parent or guardian for students under age 18, decides not to receive the vaccine, they must sign the Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver form. Meningococcal immunization records or waivers must be submitted to the Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu.


Find Your Immunization Record Through Your State's Immunization Information System (IIS)


COVID-19 Requirement

Otero College requires that students, as a condition of living in on-campus housing, participating on Otero College athletic teams, and/or participating in designated health sciences programs be vaccinated against COVID-19.   The COVID-19 vaccination is not required as a condition of enrollment at the College.

Students must submit a COVID-19 immunization record or receive an exemption as of the date they move into campus housing or begin classes, as a condition of participating on Otero College athletic teams, or as a condition of participating in a designated health sciences program. The COVID-19 immunization record must reflect any second dose necessary for full immunization. The College will provide students with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost before the first day of the initial term of enrollment; or students will be provided a list of local providers offering the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.  Vaccines that are approved by either the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet Otero College’s vaccine requirements.

If a student does not submit a COVID-19 immunization record or receive an exemption, they will not be permitted to live on-campus in the residence halls, participate on college athletic teams, or participate in designated health sciences programs.

COVID-19 immunization records can be submitted by email to admissions@ojc.edu, or in-person at the Student Services office at 1802 Colorado Ave. La Junta, CO 81050. After submitting an electronic COVID-19 immunization record, students will receive a confirmation email for their records.

Exemption Requests

Students have the right to request an exemption from this vaccination for a medical or non-medical (religious or personal belief) reason. This Procedure adopts the terms and definitions used by the State of Colorado for other vaccinations.  To request an exemption, students should submit the Medical Exemption Form or Non-Medical Exemption Form to the Registrar at admissions@ojc.edu.

Medical Exemption Details

Students shall complete and submit the Medical Exemption Form signed by a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse, or a delegated physician’s assistant.

Non-Medical (Religious or Personal Belief Exemption) Details

Students shall complete and submit the Non-Medical Exemption Form

Please allow 7-10 business days for an exemption request to be processed.

*If granted an exemption, students:

  • May be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing as directed by the Otero College.
  • Must monitor College email daily for important health notifications.
  • Must isolate for a period of time as required by local health department regulations if test positive for COVID-19; and
  • Must quarantine for a period of time per local health department regulation if determined to be in close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

*These requirements are subject to change based upon available and emerging epidemiological evidence and the overall burden of disease related to COVID-19 transmission on our campus and in our region.

Students who have been fully vaccinated may participate in all activities and will be asked only to monitor and report any symptoms.

Students with a recorded immunization exemption may be kept out of Otero College residence halls and kept from participation on student athletic teams or designated health sciences programs during a disease outbreak; the length of time will vary depending on the type of the disease and the circumstances of the outbreak, and alternative options will be utilized when available.

Where the exemption from vaccination necessitates an accommodation for a disability or medical condition or an accommodation based on a religious or personal belief or practice, Otero College will engage in an interactive process with the student to determine which reasonable accommodations may be available for students to live in the residence halls or participate on student athletic teams.  More information about Otero College accommodations process is available on https://libguides.ojc.edu/Home/DisabilityServices

Revisions to Requirements

Otero College reserves the right to change any provisions of these requirements at any time and change shall become effectively immediately.

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