Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. Photo: Courtesy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Today, Dec. 7, a federal court in Georgia temporarily blocked the Biden Administrations’ vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors. Although Wyoming is not listed as a plaintiff in the case, Wyoming is among a coalition of states challenging the federal vaccine mandates.

“This is the third time the courts have heard our concerns about federal overreach and temporarily halted the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandates,” Governor Mark Gordon said in a press release issued by his office. “This Administration should take note and stand down from this effort. Attorney General [Bridget] Hill and I remain committed to protecting Wyoming’s people from these unconstitutional policies.”

Wyoming, along with a coalition of other states have filed three separate legal actions to challenge the federal vaccine mandates. On Nov. 29, a  preliminary injunction halted implementation and enforcement of vaccine mandates on healthcare workers, and a pause on implementation of vaccine mandates for businesses with over 100 employees has also been granted.

All three cases are ongoing.

Recently, St. John’s Interim CEO Dave Robertson briefed the Teton County Board of County Commissioners on how the vaccine mandate might affect St.John’s staff. Robertson explained to the commissioners that St. John’s Health is at risk of losing about 10% of its employees, roughly 80 people if the mandate is enforced. “At this point, it won’t be insignificant,” Robertson said.

A copy of the order granting the Motion for Preliminary Injunction may be found here.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.