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New from DHRD, Governor Gianforte and Senator Daines 

HELENA — On Nov. 30, Governor Greg Gianforte praised a federal court’s nationwide injunction of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers:

“Hundreds of Montanans at risk of losing their livelihoods from the president’s unlawful overreach can now breathe a sigh of relief. Not only is the president’s mandate unconstitutional, but it would devastate Montana health care providers already struggling with a long-standing worker shortage,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Discrimination based on vaccination status is illegal in Montana, and we’ll continue to work to protect the rights of Montanans.”

U.S. Senator Steve Daines made the following  statement in support of Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers: 

“I’ve heard from Montana healthcare providers across the state about how President Biden’s vaccine mandate will cripple their workforce and impact Montanans seeking medical care. While I am pro-vaccine, I stand firmly against Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandate. I thank Attorney General Knudsen for leading the fight to strike down the mandate that threatens the livelihoods of our healthcare heroes.”

“The Department of Public Health and Human Services is pleased that a federal court has issued an order granting a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of CMS’s vaccine mandate for health care workers, particularly in light of its legal shortcomings and the dire impact it would have on frontier states like Montana. 

With the court’s decision, House Bill 702, which makes discrimination on the basis of vaccination status unlawful, remains the law in Montana. Thus, Montana health care facilities cannot require staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. DPHHS continues to encourage all eligible Montanans to talk to their trusted, personal health care provider and get vaccinated,” said DPHHS Director Adam Meier.


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