On Wednesday, federal mask and vaccine mandates for schools were struck down by Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee who said that the “liberty interests of individuals … outweigh any interest generated by the mandatory administration of vaccines.”
More than 280,000 teachers, staff, and volunteers with the Head Start program were required to be vaccinated and wear masks under the mandate.
Preschool teacher Sandy Brick filed the lawsuit to prevent her school from firing her for not getting vaccinated.
“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. This interest outweighs Agency Defendants’ interests,” Doughty wrote. “The public has a liberty interest in not being required to take a vaccine or be fired from their jobs. The public interest must be taken into account before allowing Agency Defendants to mandate vaccines.”
In a press release, Pelican Institute general counsel Sarah Harbison said, “Louisiana teacher Sandy Brick has been serving her students through adversity and uncertainty the last two years. Today, this decision vindicates her right to teach without sacrificing her freedom.”
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