Liberty Justice Center reported:
“Today, a federal court in Louisiana found that the federal government cannot mandate that adults and children wear masks or that instructors, staff, and volunteers in the Head Start program receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Sandy Brick, a teacher, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Louisiana in December 2021 to challenge the mandate. She is being defended by the Louisiana-based Pelican Institute for Public Policy and the nationwide law firm Liberty Justice Center.”
Although President Biden recently claimed that the “pandemic is over,” Daniel Suhr, managing counsel of the Liberty Justice Center, observed that “the struggle to restore Americans’ individual liberty is not done,”
“Until every unlawful and unnecessary mandate is removed from the books, we will keep fighting for educators like Sandy and the low-income children they teach. The judgment made today is a big step in the righting of the wrong done to regular Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The purpose of Head Start programs is to assist families with children who live in poverty or below it. These mainly neighborhood NGOs get government funds to offer programs aimed at ensuring that children from low-income households achieve a sufficient level of education.
When the Office of Head Start at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a “interim final rule,” the providers were given the new requirement on November 30, 2021. By January 31, 2022, all instructors, employees, and volunteers in Head Start programs must comply with the rule or risk losing their employment. Additionally, it mandated that everyone above the age of two wear masks.
It is crucial to remember that even though the court invalidated this requirement, the government may still appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. But given that this court has previously rejected the state’s requirement that private companies provide vaccinations, it seems probable that they would affirm the Louisiana judge’s decision.