Judge Strikes Down Federal Vaccine Mandate for Head Start Program

A federal district court in Louisiana ruled Thursday that the government cannot require teachers and staff within the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Judge Terry A. Doughty also ruled that adults and students cannot be required to wear masks — a win for the Liberty Justice Center and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy which filed the lawsuit in 2021 on behalf of local teacher Sandy Brick.

“The public interest is served by maintaining the constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals who do not want to take the COVID-19 vaccine,” the judge wrote. “This interest outweighs Agency Defendants’ interests. The public has a liberty interest in not being required to take a vaccine or be fired from their jobs.

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