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Court Suspends Vax Healthcare Mandate, What Does This Mean For Montana?


We have breaking news this Monday afternoon. A federal judge has ordered the end of the federal mandate on vaccines targeting healthcare workers. This is the good news.

But here’s the catch: this order only applies (for now) to the 10 states in this specific case. Montana is challenging the federal vaccine mandate in another case, so this specific ruling does not yet apply to Montana.

If you are a health care worker in Montana; however, don’t worry for now – the Montana Attorney General recently told us he’s very optimistic about the end of the vaccination mandate. He told healthcare workers to “hang on” as the legal challenge progresses.

Now back to this latest news from a Missouri federal court. Business intern announced the news: (h / t John Jackson via Twitter)

Judge Matthew Schelp of the Eastern District of Missouri issued the preliminary injunction for workers at Medicare and Medicaid certified medical facilities in Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, court documents said … He said the mandate would place a burden “on the ability of health facilities to provide appropriate care and thus save lives”.

As for the other Montana case, AG Knudsen recently told me he’s optimistic they’ll get a good ruling from the federal courts before the Dec. 5 deadline.

AG Knudsen: I think we’ll get the right ruling from this judge. Again, I can’t make any promises. But I would say to your health workers, please, please keep coming to work. Please, we need you. Your patients desperately need you. Hang on. We got this thing going as fast as we could. This is the biggest problem in my office right now. My lawyer burned a lot of midnight oil working on it and filing it because it’s so important, but I think we’ll have a decision probably in a week or two. But I think it will be before this term of December 4th.

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