DENVER (KDVR) — The Colorado Board of Health has made the decision to end the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers in Colorado.

Starting July 14, Colorado health care workers are no longer required to get a COVID-19 vaccine following the emergency ruling that began in August 2021. This new development includes health care employees, direct contractors and supporting staff.

After assessing that 94% of all required state health care workers have received a COVID-19 vaccine, the State Board of Health concluded the vaccination rate was high enough to discontinue the mandate.

The State of Colorado is still covering the cost of COVID-19 tests. Below is a list of resources for free COVID-19 testing: